UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione’s back was against the wall yesterday at UFC on Fuel 9 and not one of the eight literal options inside the Octagon. Rather, “Meathead” rubbed UFC President Dana White the wrong way last year regarding an opportunity to step up for a fight on short notice, missed more than a year due to injury, and had lost his last two tilts including a first-frame knockout to Roy Nelson. As such, it wasn’t a stretch to believe the 34-year old was fighting for his job at the event.
However, Mitrione rose to the occasion and finished opponent Phil De Fries off in nineteen seconds. He spoke to Fuel TV about the situation after the clash’s conclusion where he admitted the win wasn’t pretty but it sure felt “beautiful”.
“I didn’t really land any clean punches except the ones on the ground but you take what you’re given,” said Mitrione matter-of-factly.
“I was out fourteen months, I’m coming off two losses in a row…that was just a really emotional victory,” he continued on his win. “I was just so elated. It was a beautiful feeling.”
The 6-2 Mitrione isn’t sure who his next challenge will be, though he doesn’t necessarily care either. After all, he’s simply happy to have secured his continued employment in the organization.
“Whoever the UFC says is appropriate and think is a fair match-up, a good match-up for me…then that’s who I’m looking for,” the former NFL lineman concluded.
Check out the complete interview with Mitrione below:
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