Matt Mitrione is at a career crossroads, but not a desperate one. Despite dropping his last two fights in the UFC (albeit the last one against Travis Browne ending on controversial terms), Mitrione is not begging for work or desperate for attention. In fact, he has a lot of options. The only question is which path he’ll take, not so much which path is better.
“I’m in a good spot, man,” Mitrione said on Monday’s The MMA Hour.
According to Mitrione, who fought out his UFC contract to seek free agency, he’s received an offer from Bellator. While specifics were not detailed, Mitrione was quick to note the deal Bellator offered is quite alright by him.
“UFC has the right to match,” he explained. “Definitely, I’ve got a very nice offer from Bellator. I’m very happy with that. I’ve been in talks with ONE [Championship]. I feel I am very happy with where things are with Bellator right now.
“As a matter of fact,” he continued, “I actually sent in today the official offer sheet from Bellator into the UFC to see if they want to match.”
Mitrone said he isn’t sure if they’ll match. “If they do, awesome. Great, then we can have a conversation,” he noted. As it stands, he believes the UFC has roughly two weeks to respond to Bellator’s offer, although he believes they’ll likely act one way or the other within a week. While he waits, he said he’s auditioned for a television color commentary job
For a 37-year-old fighter coming off of back-to-back losses, Mitrione knows he’s an excellent position. Still, while he said explicitly he’s pleased with the Bellator offer, there is work to be done in the UFC.
Mitrione lost to Browne in January, but only after a series of eye pokes went unpunished by the referee. ….View full article
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