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Matt Mitrione “Done” with MMA

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After one of the more interesting careers in modern MMA, Matt Mitrione appears to be done with the sport as a whole as he heads into his bout on the Triller Triad Combat card this weekend.

Matt Mitrione “Done” with MMA

On the MMA Hour this week, Matt Mitrione discussed being “likely done” with the sport of MMA and is fully focused on what is next in his career which is Triller’s new triad combat. He fights on its debut card this weekend on the Fite TV App in the co-main event against boxer Alexander Flores.

Triad Combat presents itself with a unique skill set by having fighters compete with a specialized boxing rule set that also allows for clinches, hammerfists, and spinning backfists, plus an assortment of other non-traditional boxing techniques. For Mitrione, he has always seemed to be the odd one out at different times, not always in a bad way, and part of that is never steering away from a challenge, and it is that challenge that has him excited for this weekend and the future.

Mitrione also mentioned for reasons he is leaving MMA that the fanbase can be “fickle” at times and he didn’t appreciate how cold fans can be. He also mentioned on the show that he doesn’t have a ton of “good feelings for Bellator”.

For many, this was the interesting statement out of everything in his interview.

Obviously, no boss or job is perfect and no fight promotion can be perfect. With that being said though, Bellator has a ton of more good publicity than other promotions, like the UFC, where Mitrione fought prior to Bellator. He said his ill will came from the way the Heavyweight Grand Prix was organized, stating he didn’t appreciate the influx of light heavyweight wrestlers and he also didn’t like how the promotion handled things in Connecticut. 

He appears to be in a good place with Triller, a place that many may scoff at. But for Mitrione, this is on par. He has never been a traditional fighter and he has handled his career with a unique business approach, an approach that saw him go from making his MMA debut on the Ultimate Fighter 10’s finale and go all the way to where it is now: with a record of 13-9 with notable wins over guys like Fedor Emelianenko, Derrick Lewis, and Kimbo Slice.

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