Matt Mitrione News

Feb 15, 2018 10:12 am

VIDEO | Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione Explain Why The Bellator Grand Prix is Awesome

Why are MMA tournaments awesome? #Bellator194 headliner and grand-prix participant @roynelsonmma explains. Full story: https://t.co/sk0ip6v0GN pic.twitter.com/WKmJWvo7fb — MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) February 15, 2018 For those of us who have been following MMA since the beginning, we have fond memories of arguably the pinnacle of combat sports: The grand prix. Whether it be one night or a...

Feb 14, 2018 12:10 pm

Bellator heavyweight Matt Mitrione discusses “constant missteps” made by UFC

This weekend, in the main event of Bellator 194, former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione will return to the Bellator cage, where he will attempt to avenge a 2012 loss to Roy Nelson and advance to the second round of the promotion’s exciting Heavyweight Grand Prix. Now firmly embedded as a member of the Bellator MMA...

Feb 13, 2018 6:05 pm

Matt Mitrione: “I feel like I’m the most dangerous heavyweight in Bellator”

This Friday, Bellator will be finding out who the second fighter to advance to the next round of their heavyweight Grand Prix will be. It will either be Matt Mitrione or Roy Nelson walking away to face either ‘King Mo’ Muhammad Lawal or current Bellator light heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader in the semi finals. This...

Dec 20, 2017 7:02 am

Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix betting odds released, Matt Mitrione favored to win

Bellator MMA’s upcoming heavyweight Grand Prix is one of the most talked about events in MMA right now. This tournament, which seeks to fill Bellator’s vacant heavyweight throne by crowing a new champion, kicks off this January 20 when former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson battles three-time UFC title challenger and infamous MMA...

Nov 22, 2017 11:31 am

Matt Mitrione Isn’t That Thrilled at the Idea of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix

Bellator has tapped into our primal sources of nostalgia over huge MMA tournaments and are going to put on a heavyweight grand prix. Featuring legends and UFC veterans including heavyweights and light heavyweights, the tournament is going down early next year and right now, Matt Mitrione is the favorite to win it all. He’ll go...

Oct 5, 2017 11:04 am

Months removed from their fight, Matt Mitrione showers Fedor Emelianenko with praise

Back in June, in the co-main event of the Bellator NYC pay-per-view, Bellator heavyweight star Matt Mitrione stepped onto the canvas with MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko. The fight was absolutely while it lasted. About a minute into the first round, Fedor and Mitrione both threw, both landed, and both hit the deck. In an instant,...

Oct 5, 2017 8:48 am

Matt Mitrione discusses possible Bellator heavyweight title tournament

Over the last few years, Bellator’s heavyweight division has really come together, as the promotion has bolstered its roster with names like Cheick Kongo, Bobby Lashley, Matt Mitrione, Fedor Emelianenko, Sergey Kharitonov, Javy Ayala, Roy Nelson, and most recently, former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir. That said, the organization has not had a heavyweight champion...

Oct 4, 2017 1:57 pm

BJPENN.COM Radio Ep. 52 // Matt Mitrione | Volkan Oezdemir

BJPENN Radio is back tonight at 8PM ET/5PM PT with more great guests for your MMA fix! 8:15PM ET- Our first guest tonight is Bellator heavyweight contender, Matt Mitrione. Following his sensational finish over the legendary Fedor Emelianenko back in June, Matt is the prime candidate to fight for the vacant Bellator strap. We’ll catch...

Jun 29, 2017 12:00 pm

Michael Bisping suggests Fedor Emelianenko lost because he could not use steroids

MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko lost in devastating fashion in his Bellator debut over the weekend at Bellator NYC. “The Last Emporer” is often talked about in the debate of the greatest mixed martial arts fighter of all time but was knocked out in the first round against Matt Mitrione on Saturday night at New York’s...

Jun 24, 2017 8:51 pm

Bellator NYC Results: Matt Mitrione KO’s Fedor Emelianenko (VIDEO)

Bellator NYC Results: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione A heavyweight scrap between mixed martial arts legend Fedor Emelianenko and Matt Mitrione served as the co-main event of tonight’s “Bellator NYC” pay-per-view fight card in New York. Round one begins and Fedor quickly takes the center of cage. Mitrione is bouncing around on the outside. Matt...

Apr 7, 2017 12:55 pm

2 American Animals Episode 37 – Mitrione is set to co-headline Bellator 180 at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden.

Mitrione is set to co-headline Bellator 180 at the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. On this episode of American Animals, Ian McCall and Erik Apple are joined by Bellator heavyweight and fan favorite, Matt Mitrione. Mitrione, a former member of the Purdue Boilermakers (NCAAF) and New York Giants (NFL), tells us about his journey...

Mar 21, 2017 5:54 am

Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione rebooked as co-headliner for Bellator 180

Yesterday afternoon, we learned that Bellator MMA will be heading to New York City’s hallowed Madison Square Garden on June 24. The ever-growing promotion will do so with Bellator 180, a pay-per-view card that will be headlined by a long-awaited light heavyweight showdown between three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen and Pride legend Wanderlei Silva....

Feb 25, 2017 12:17 am

Chael Sonnen opens up on attempt to step in for Matt Mitrione against Fedor Emelianenko

Earlier this month at Bellator 172, UFC veteran Matt Mitrione was set to step into the Bellator MMA cage against MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko for a highly anticipated scrap that would serve as Emelianenko’s return to the United States following his return to MMA at the end of 2015. Unfortunately after months of buildup, training,...

Feb 21, 2017 10:07 am

Matt Mitrione opens up on surgery for kidney stones following Bellator 172 withdrawal

This past weekend, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko was slated to make his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut against UFC veteran Matt Mitrione in a highly anticipated showdown that would have seen both Emelianenko and Mitrione put their 2-fight win streaks on the line in a highly anticipated marquee fight. Unfortunately, Mitrione was pulled from the...

Feb 19, 2017 6:39 am

Matt Mitrione responds to claims that he was scared to fight Fedor

On Friday night, the MMA community was transfixed on the imminent comeback of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. The Russian great was poised to take on Matt Mitrione in the main event of Saturday’s Bellator 172, and not even the UFC’s Sunday trip to Halifax could distract us from his return to action. Regrettably, things took...

Feb 18, 2017 3:18 pm

BREAKING! Matt Mitrione out of Fedor Emelianenko fight

Breaking news surfaced Saturday afternoon that Bellator MMA heavyweight Matt Mitrione has been forced out of his Bellator 172 headlining fight against MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko. According to reports from Ariel Helwani, Matt Mitrione fell ill prior to his fight against ‘The Last Emperor’ and as a result the fight has been cancelled. Fedor vs....

Oct 28, 2016 9:00 pm

Jon Jones and Matt Mitrione engage in twitter beef!

With Jon Jones not getting any time to fight in the Octagon, the former UFC light heavyweight champion can still find a few wars to get into on the Internet. On Friday, Jones and Bellator heavyweight Matt Mitrione got into it on twitter. Mitrione posted a photo of a bartender side by side with a...

Sep 6, 2016 8:30 am

Matt Mitrione engages in Twitter war with Matt Hughes over fighter pay

Matt Mitrione ripped into UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes on Twitter during a heated exchange over fighter’s rights and pay. With talks of a fighters union and compensation running rampant amongst UFC and Bellator fighters alike, Hughes and Mitrione took to Twitter on Tuesday to air their grievances, or in other words attack each others opinion....

Aug 19, 2016 8:29 am

Matt Mitrione claims he recently had a horrific accident involving a hammer and his nuts

Former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione, now fighting under the Bellator MMA promotion is no stranger to freak injuries. In his last controversial fight in the UFC against Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 81, Mitrione suffered a gruesome eye injury that was hard to look at. Now, “Meathead” claims that he has injured himself with...

Apr 23, 2016 3:28 pm

Matt Mitrione books first Bellator opponent

Former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione (9-5 MMA) will make his Bellator debut at June’s “Bellator Dynamite 2” event in St. Louis, Missouri. “Meathead” will meet Carl Seumanutafa in the event’s co-main event slot. Mitrione is coming off back-to-back losses while fighting under the UFC banner. He suffered a third-round TKO loss to Travis Browne in...

Apr 7, 2016 10:58 am

Matt Mitrione: ‘I don’t understand why anyone would re-up with the UFC’

Former UFC heavyweight fighter Matt Mitrione is happy with his decision to join Bellator MMA. After failed negotiations with the UFC, Mitrione opted for the promotion’s biggest competitor that offered a more lucrative opportunity. “Some people are so brainwashed,” Mitrione told Bleacher Report. “They say, ‘How dare you think about business like that?’ If you...