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Matt Mitrione: ‘It sucks that UFC is bigger than the sport, it sucks’

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Bellator MMA’s newest heavyweight spoke to MMAmania.com about his six-figure contract, sponsorship opportunities, being a commentator for Bellator Kickboxing, and UFC homers who will knock his departure.

Matt Mitrione (9-5) became the latest fighter to sign on with Bellator MMA after competing for several years in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

The 14-fight veteran, who fought exclusively in UFC since his promotional debut in 2009, made the news official on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour,” and said his new deal would earn him six-figures per each of his fights.

With the rise of Bellator MMA under the direction of Scott Coker, fighters now have more than just UFC to land a solid payday. A new age of free agency has surfaced in recent months with fighters testing the waters like Gilbert Melendez before he re-signed with the UFC, while other’s left the Octagon behind like Phil Davis, Josh Thomson, and more recently Benson Henderson.

Mitrione, 37, is a former NFL player, so he fully understands free agency and athletes being able to move to a different team for a better contract. Bellator MMA has now become that other team, so to speak, and given athletes like the former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) another option for their careers.

“Meathead” had mentioned on “The MMA Hour” in so many words that a man with options is a dangerous man. He elaborated on those thoughts when he spoke to MMAmania.com.

“There is no way without feeling a threat that you are ever going to be in a position of power,” he said. “You’re not. That is the reason why a man with options is the most dangerous thing because I can say, ‘you know what? To hell with it. I’m not going to do that anymore. I don’t like the options and I’m going ….View full article

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