|Weight Class||Heavyweight (253 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 2" (188 cm)|
|Birth Date||July 15, 1978|
|Fighting Out Of||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|Matt Mitrione Pictures||Official Website|
Matthew Mitrione is an American mixed martial artist and former NFL player, where he played for the New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 10. He was picked by Team Rashad, lead by Rashad Evans.
|Record||5 - 2 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Loss||Roy Nelson||TKO (Punches)||UFC: The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale||12/15/2012||1||2:58|
|Loss||Cheick Kongo||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 137: Penn vs. Diaz||10/29/2011||3||5:00|
|Win||Christian Morecraft||KO (Punches)||UFC on Versus 4: Kongo vs. Barry||6/26/2011||2||4:28|
|Win||Tim Hague||TKO (Punches)||UFC Fight Night 23: UFC Fight for the Troops 2||1/22/2011||1||2:59|
|Win||Joey Beltran||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop||9/25/2010||3||5:00||Won Fight of the Night Honors|
|Win||Kevin Ferguson||TKO (Punches)||UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2||5/08/2010||2||4:24|
|Win||Marcus Jones||KO (Punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale||12/05/2009||2||0:10|
Mixed Martial Arts Career
The Ultimate Fighter
Matt appears on the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. After being picked second to last by Rashad Evans, Matt fought and defeated Scott Junk, moving him on to the quarter finals. He outfought Junk, utilizing his significant reach and height advantage, though both fighters were completely gassed by the final round of the bout.
At one point in the season, fellow cast members Wes Sims and James McSweeney would create a bet for the rest of the house as to when Matt would seemingly "snap." Prior to this bet, Matt caused some problems for his coach Rashad Evans by challenging team-mate Jon Madsen to a fight after hearing how Madsen wanted to "slap" him. There was a heated exchange of words Mitrione and Evans in episode seven.
In the quarterfinals, Matt was defeated by teammate James McSweeney losing via submission.
Ultimate Fighting Championships
Matt made his debut for the UFC on December 5, 2009 on The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale against another former football player Marcus Jones. Mitrione weathered his opponents impressive ground game, to score a stunning KO at 0:10 of the second round.
It was then announced mid-January 2010 that Mitrione would return to action at UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2, to face off against The Ultimate Fighter 10 cast-mate and street brawling legend Kimbo Slice. Throughout the fight Mitrione showed he had improved in all aspects of the game, most importantly his conditioning. Mitrione mounted an impressive offense that had Slice easily exhausted by the second round, which allowed Mitrione to tee off with a prolonged ground-and-pound assault after a second-round takedown. The onslaught prompted a merciful TKO stoppage at the 4:24 mark of the round.
Mitrione returned on September 25, 2010 at UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop, where he faced Joey Beltran live on the SpikeTV portion of the card. Mitrione utilized his seven-inch reach advantage by peppering Beltran from the outside. But as the round wore on, Beltran began to answer back with rapid-fire shots of his own on the inside. Add in a takedown, and Beltran appeared to have weathered the early storm and claimed the opening round. Mitrione remained light on his feet for the final two rounds as he pressed the action and landed punches in bunches. Beltran refused to wilt in the face of adversity, but Mitrione was just a little quicker, a little busier and a little more accurate. Beltran landed a few solid shots in the final round, but the blood trickling down his face told the story of the fight. In the end, all three judges awarded the fight to Mitrione, 29-28, earning him the Decision (Unanimous). The fight went on to win one of the two Fight of the Night Honors.