Matt Mitrione

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Matt Mitrione
Matt Mitrione.jpg
Matt Mitrione shows a Marine how to protect himself at Camp Atterbury Sept. 20, 2011
Born Matthew Steven Mitrione
(1978-07-15) July 15, 1978 (age 36)
Springfield, Illinois, United States
Other names Meathead
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Weight 260 lb (118 kg; 18 st 8 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 82.0 in (208 cm)
Fighting out of Boca Raton, Florida
Team Roufusport
Imperial Athletics
Integrated Fighting Academy (formerly)
Trainer Duke Roufus
Henri Hooft
Rank Black belt in Shotokan
Years active 2009–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 11
Wins 8
By knockout 7
By decision 1
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
Total 2
Wins 1
Losses 1
By submission 1
Other information
University Purdue University
Website http://mattmitrione.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Matt Mitrione
No. 91
Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1978-07-15) July 15, 1978 (age 36)
Place of birth: Springfield, IL
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
College: Purdue
Undrafted in 2002
Debuted in 2002 for the New York Giants
Last played in 2005 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles 4
Solo tackles 2
Assisted tackles 2
Stats at NFL.com

Matthew Steven Mitrione (born July 15, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist and former NFL football player[2] for the Minnesota Vikings.[3] He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.[4]

Background[edit]

Mitrione was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, attending Sacred Heart-Griffin High School where he competed in football, swimming and diving, and track and field. In football, Mitrione received All-State honors in his senior year playing defensive line. Mitrione also trained in Shotokan Karate, Kickboxing, and other combat sports as a teenager. Mitrione even competed in Toughman Contests while he was still in high school, and finished second in a tournament in his hometown of Springfield, during his sophomore year of college. Mitrione attended Purdue University on a football scholarship and started 35 consecutive games for the Boilermakers at defensive tackle, but broke his right foot during a practice in his senior year. Mitrione went undrafted for the NFL, but was offered a contract with the New York Giants in 2002. After again injuring his foot in a 2003 playoff loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Mitrione had seven surgeries to his foot including one that extended his achilles tendon, and was in crutches for 16 months. Mitrione was released by the Giants in 2004 and then had brief stints with the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings, before being released by the Vikings six weeks into the 2005 season and a week before his first child was born. Mitrione soon turned to mixed martial arts after Jayson Werth, a professional baseball player for the Washington Nationals, and close friend of Mitrione, invited Mitrione to fight in his inaugural promotion. Mitrione then relocated with his family to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he began training with fighters Chris Lytle and Jake O'Brien.[5][6][7]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Mitrione appeared on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. On the show, he was given the unofficial nickname "Meathead" by his coach Rashad Evans. After being picked second to last by Evans, Mitrione fought and defeated Scott Junk via majority (19–19, 20–18 and 20–18) decision, moving him on to the quarter finals.

Following Mitrione's fight with Junk, Mitrione complained about migraines and dizziness, causing many of the cast members to feel that Mitrione may bow out of the competition to give Kimbo Slice a second opportunity. Mitrione did fight and was eliminated by teammate James McSweeney in the quarterfinals, losing via guillotine choke.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Mitrione made his professional MMA debut at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale defeating Marcus Jones via KO early in the second round.

Mitrione then faced another fellow Ultimate Fighter alumnus Kimbo Slice at UFC 113 in Montreal.[8] Mitrone chopped Slice down with leg kicks and eventually defeated Slice via TKO (punches) in the second round, taking his professional record to 2–0.

Mitrione faced Joey Beltran on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119.[9] He won the fight via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) and also won the "Fight of the Night" award.

Mitrione defeated Tim Hague on January 22, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 23 via TKO in the first round. It was mentioned during the post-fight interview that Mitrione had broken his left hand and later confirmed that he had injured the second metacarpal in his left hand.[10]

Mitrione fought Christian Morecraft on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[11] Mitrione dominated the first round with his standup scoring two knockdowns. Mitrione ended the fight via KO at 4:28 of round 2.

Mitrione suffered his first professional MMA loss to Cheick Kongo via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–28, 29–28) on October 29, 2011 at UFC 137.[12] Mitrione was unable to mount any consistent offense against Kongo on the feet as Kongo used his jab to keep Mitrione at bay, and in the third round Kongo secured a takedown and controlled Mitrione through the end of the fight.

Mitrione was expected to face Rob Broughton on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4.[13] However, the bout was scrapped after Broughton pulled out for an undisclosed personal matter.[14]

Mitrione/Broughton was briefly linked to UFC on FX 5[15] but was eventually scrapped altogether.

Mitrione was expected to face Phil De Fries on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155.[16] But Mitrione was pulled out of the bout to step in for injured Shane Carwin against Roy Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson Finale on December 15, 2012.[17] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Mitrione vs. De Fries eventually took place on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 9.[18] Mitrione won the fight via knockout just 19 seconds into the first round.

On April 8, 2013 it was announced that Mitrione had his contract suspended by the UFC after making comments about male-to-female trangender fighter Fallon Fox during an interview on The MMA Hour. Mitrione called Fox a "lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak" who he hoped would never fight again, and referred to Fox by male pronouns.[19] Mitrione also criticized the state of Florida for licensing Fox to fight. The suspension was lifted after two weeks when Mitrione's next fight against Brendan Schaub was announced.[20]

Mitrione was expected to face Brendan Schaub on July 27, 2013 at UFC on Fox 8.[20] However, in mid-July, Mitrione pulled out of the bout citing an injury and Schaub was pulled from the event as well.[21] The bout eventually took place on September 21, 2013 at UFC 165.[22] Schaub won the fight via first round submission, giving Mitrione the first submission loss of his professional MMA career.

Mitrione faced Shawn Jordan on March 1, 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale.[23] He won via knockout at 4:59 of the first round. The win also earned Mitrione his first Performance of the Night bonus award.[24]

Mitrione was scheduled to face Stefan Struve on July 5, 2014 at UFC 175,[25][26] but Struve collapsed in the locker room before the fight, leading to a cancellation.[27]

Mitrione faced Derrick Lewis on September 5, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 50.[28] Mitrione quickly defeated Lewis via first round knockout.[29]

Mitrione is expected to face Gabriel Gonzaga on December 13, 2014 at UFC on Fox 13.[30]

Personal life[edit]

Mitrione is Italian-American and has two sons and one daughter with his wife. Mitrione is close friends with Drew Brees, as the two were teammates at Purdue University from 1998-2001.[31] Mitrione is also close friends with NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey, who were teammates while playing for the New York Giants.[32]

Charity work[edit]

Mitrione has been involved with several other UFC fighters (Sean Pierson, Mark Hominick, and Sam Stout) as part of a Toronto area anti-bullying program.[33]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 8–3 Derrick Lewis KO (punches) UFC Fight Night 50 September 5, 2014 1 0:41 Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
Win 7–3 Shawn Jordan KO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter China Finale: Kim vs. Hathaway March 1, 2014 1 4:59 Macau, SAR, China Performance of the Night
Loss 6–3 Brendan Schaub Technical Submission (D'Arce choke) UFC 165 September 21, 2013 1 4:06 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 6–2 Phil De Fries KO (punches) UFC on Fuel TV 9 April 6, 2013 1 0:19 Stockholm, Sweden
Loss 5–2 Roy Nelson TKO (punches) TUF 16 Finale December 15, 2012 1 2:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 5–1 Cheick Kongo Decision (unanimous) UFC 137 October 29, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Christian Morecraft KO (punches) UFC on Versus 4 June 26, 2011 2 4:28 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 4–0 Tim Hague TKO (punches) UFC: Fight for the Troops 2 January 22, 2011 1 2:59 Fort Hood, Texas, United States
Win 3–0 Joey Beltran Decision (unanimous) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States Fight of the Night
Win 2–0 Kevin Ferguson TKO (punches) UFC 113 May 8, 2010 2 4:24 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 1–0 Marcus Jones KO (punches) TUF 10 Finale December 5, 2009 2 0:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sources differ on Mitrione's height.Pro-Football-Reference.com gives 6'2"; UFC and Sherdog give 6'3".
  2. ^ "Matt Mitrione, DT at". Nfl.com. 2011-10-23. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  3. ^ NYG (1978-07-15). "Matt Mitrione Stats - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Quartet of NFL vets to join Kimbo Slice on UFC's "The Ultimate Fighter 10" cast". mmajunkie.com. 2009-06-02. Retrieved 2010-05-08. 
  5. ^ http://streetmade.com/matt-mitrione-bio/
  6. ^ http://it.ufc.com/fighter/Matt-Mitrione
  7. ^ http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mitrione_matt00.html
  8. ^ "Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrone Official for UFC 113 on May 8 in Montreal". mmafrenzy.com. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  9. ^ "UFC 119 targeted for Sept. 25 in Indianapolis, Mitrione vs. Beltran on tap". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-05-28. 
  10. ^ Marrocco, Steven (2011-01-24). "UFC Fight Night 23 medical suspensions: Mitrione and Freire out indefinitely". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2011-10-28. 
  11. ^ "Matt Mitrione vs. Christian Morecraft added to UFC on Versus 4". mmajunkie.com. April 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Matt Mitrione vs. Cheick Kongo Collide at UFC 137". 5thRound.com. July 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ "UK UFC News - Heavyweight Bouts Announced At UFC On Fox 4". YourMMA.tv. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Rob Broughton vs. Matt Mitrione scratched from UFC on FOX 4". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Broughton vs. Mitrione Moved To UFC On FX 5". YourMMA.tv. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Matt Mitrione vs. Phil DeFries Added to UFC 155". mmajunkie.com. August 31, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Matt Mitrione Steps In For Injured Shane Carwin Against Roy Nelson At ‘TUF 16’ Finale". sherdog.com. November 15, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  18. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 9 adds Mitrione-De Fries". mmajunkie.comdate=February 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ McKinley Noble (April 8, 2013). "UFC: Matt Mitrione Suspended for Fallon Fox Rant, 'Code of Conduct' Breach". Retrieved May 12, 2013. "He's chromosomally a man. He had a gender change, not a sex change. He's still a man. He was a man for 31 years. Thirty-one years. That's a couple years younger than I am. He's a man. Six years of taking performance de-hancing drugs, you think is going to change all that? That's ridiculous." 
  20. ^ a b "Matt Mitrione no longer suspended, meets Brendan Schaub at UFC on FOX 8". MMAjunkie.com. April 24, 2013. Retrieved April 24, 2013. 
  21. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-07-10). "Matt Mitrione vs. Brendan Schaub off UFC on FOX 8 card". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  22. ^ Ariel Helwani (2013-07-20). "Brendan Schaub vs. Matt Mitrione moved to UFC 165 in Toronto". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 
  23. ^ Staff (January 4, 2014). "Shawn Jordan vs. Matt Mitrione confirmed for TUF China Finale". uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  24. ^ Staff (2014-03-01). "TUF China Finale bonuses: Kim and Mitrione pick up 'Performance' awards". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  25. ^ Staff (2014-05-08). "After heart problems, Stefan Struve returns, meets Matt Mitrione at UFC 175". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-08. 
  26. ^ Cole, Ross (8 May 2014). "Stefan Struve Returns To Fight Matt Mitrione At UFC 175". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  27. ^ Stefan Struve out of UFC 175 vs. Matt Mitrione after pre-fight fainting scare
  28. ^ Dave Doyle (July 9, 2014). "Slugger showdown: Matt Mitrione vs. Derrick Lewis set for UFC Fight Night 50". mmafighting.com. Retrieved July 9, 2014. 
  29. ^ John Morgan (September 5, 2014). "UFC Fight Night 50 results: Matt Mitrione makes quick work of Derrick Lewis". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  30. ^ Marc Raimondi (2014-09-19). "Heavyweights Matt Mitrione, Gabriel Gonzaga to meet on FOX card in Phoenix". foxsports.com. Retrieved 2014-09-19. 
  31. ^ "Mitrione applies NFL lessons to his MMA career". Yahoo! Sports. 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  32. ^ "Player Bio: Matt Mitrione". purduesports.com. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  33. ^ Hauch, Valerie (2011-12-06). "What did UFC fighters have to say about bullying?". The Star (Toronto). 

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