Well it looks like fighters are not learning from Jon Jones’ mistake. Matt Mitrione has turned down a headlining fight with Daniel Cormier in order to save the upcoming Strikeforce card. While the fight may not make sense to fans, it makes even less sense that Mitrione would turn the headline fight down. Yes, he has a fight lined up for UFC 155, but the fight is taking place on the undercard. Beating Cormier would do wonders for the former NFL player’s career. Considering that headliners rarely ever are coming off a loss and have not fought in almost a year as Mitrione would be, the denial is truly strange.
“It f—ing makes me sick,” White told MMAjunkie.com on Saturday following the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight news conference. “Listen, you don’t want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn’t want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.”
During a recent interview between Rampage Jackson and Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour, Mitrione called into the show to challenge Jackson to his last contractually obligated UFC fight. Jackson was quick to accept the challenge. White has since shot down the fighters match-making.
“He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn’t want to fight the guy who’s the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who’s ranked. And Mitrione’s not getting any younger.”
“Fuckin’ insane,” White said. “It makes no sense to me, and it’s insane. I’m a little bummed out by it. We’ll figure it out. Yeah, (he’s already got a fight booked). He said, ‘I’ll just take that one.'”
With the fight almost a month away time is running thin on being able to find someone to contend against Cormier. Cormier has asked to fight Pat Berry because they are both from Louisiana, but that fight will do nothing for his career. The problem is he just wants to fight anyone. Too bad most of the top Heavyweights are already lined up for a match, or they are coming off a match too recently.
There are only two UFC heavyweights who could possibly take the match. It would be Cheick Kongo or Mark Hunt. Those would be the easiest matches and Mark Hunt would be someone that would take the fight. In Vitor’s words, he is ‘old school.’ So, who is back on the Hunt train. People opined for him to fight JDS for the title, but how about Cormier for the Strikeforce title?