SANTA MONICA, Calif. — It’s the dawn of a new era in Matt Mitrione’s life.
The veteran heavyweight is Bellator’s latest marquee free agent, and not only is the former UFC competitor getting paid, but he’s branching out, adding Bellator kickboxing commentary to his plate.
But while Mitrione is eager to embrace the future, there’s one item left from his past he’s yet to let go: The protest of his controversial loss to Travis Browne in Boston on Jan. 17.
The bout, won by Browne via third-round TKO, changed on a pair of uncalled Browne eye pokes. Afterwards, Mitrione filed an official appeal of the result with Massachusetts State Athletic Commission, raising several concerns about the fight’s referee, Gary Forman.
Mitrione was originally scheduled to have a hearing on the matter on April 7, but it has been rescheduled for May 5. And he’s vowed to take his cause all the way to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Supreme Court if he must.
“There’s so much attention on it,” Mitrione said. [MSAC is] overseen by the state Supreme Court. If they decide not to overturn anything, if they just leave it the status quo, then I can take that to the Supreme Court, I can get that overturned, and any hungry lawyer is going to want to take that over there. They have to be accountable for what happened.”
Mitrione’s complaint cites several concerns with Forman, including the simple fact a referee with a dearth of big-time fights got assigned a network main-card bout in the first place.
“How is it excusable that a dude that has reffed nine fights in six years gets a heavyweight fight on a major card on network television because he’s friends with the commission?” Mitrione asked. “There’s a laundry list of stuff that didn’t go right there, that should have ….View full article
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