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Mitrione promises a 'damn good time'

Story by David L. Hudson Jr.

Matt Mitrione looks to go 2-0 against former fellow UFC The Ultimate Fighter contestants when he faces former Internet sensation Kimbo Slice at UFC 113.

Mitrione knocked out Marcus Jones at TUF finale in December 2009 to earn his first official professional MMA victory. Now, he looks to take out the well-known Slice.

“This is a perfect matchup for me,” Mitrione said. “He likes to stay in the hole and let it ride – and so do I. Whether it lasts one minute, five minutes or 15 minutes it should be a damn good time.”

Mitrione has been working out and sparring with some top-flight heavyweights, including Ben Rothwell. He believes that he is ready for the challenge. He knows that Slice has some power in his hands. “Kimbo seems to have power,” he says. “At least I’ve been told he has some power. I won’t actually know till I fight him. He’s aggressive and walks in there and bangs. I know he’ll try to get close and do his dirty boxing. I’ve got to make space and take advantage of my reach and avoid the clinch.”

When asked his prediction for the fight, Mitrione says he will win by knockout. “I’m gonna win by knockout. It will be a great fight for the fans to watch. Some can criticize us for being on the main event, but they can hate us all they want. We’re on there because we put up the kind of fight that the people want to see.”

Mitrione not only plans on kayoing Kimbo, but also he has his eyes on a bonus check – whether it be Knockout of the Night or Fight of the Night. “I fight for the bonus checks,” he says. “Of course I want to win but I also want the bonus check man.”

He hopes that fans will not judge simply based on the editing of the Ultimate Fighter show. “There are all kinds of misconceptions about me from the show,” he says. “I can’t get frustrated by it. I know I’m a pretty cool guy and I’m not worried about it.”

In fact, Mitrione says he doesn’t get worried before fights. “I don’t ever get too nervous,” he says. “I just want to get it rolling and compete.”

He appreciates all the support he has received from the fans. “I sincerely appreciate their support and all the really cool comments on Facebook. I’m ready to do this!”

Tune in to UFC 113 to see if Mitrione can make good on his prediction of knocking out Kimbo Slice.


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