Matt Mitrione, the heavyweight TUF vet who sometimes knocked people out in the Octagon and sometimes got smashed, has signed with Bellator.
Here’s the official release:
Last week, top mixed martial art’s free agent Matt Mitrione (9-5) joined Ariel Helwani’s “MMA Hour” show and revealed that he had been fielding offers from multiple promotions, including a great bid he had received from Bellator MMA. In a very rare move, Helwani had Mitrione rejoin his popular talk show for a second straight week to announce that the paperwork has been finalized, making Mitrione the newest member of Bellator MMA’s heavyweight division.
“There comes a time in every athlete’s life, where the scenarios change and the landscape has eroded from what made you fall in love with it initially,” said Mitrione. “It has become that time for me. After a mutually beneficial free agency period, I’ve decided to move my career to Bellator. I’ve enjoyed almost every second of my career and unlike most that switch organizations due to being cut or no longer being able to perform at the sports highest levels, I am bringing a body and skillset that are only getting better and I cannot wait to test my abilities against the best Bellator has to offer.”
It became clear a while ago that “Meathead” was never going to challenge for the UFC belt, so a lateral movement to Bellator is a good move.
And when it comes to the Bellator heavyweight roster, Mitrione will probably do very well. VERY WELL.