UFC 113's Matt Mitrione says forget what you think you know about him, "Kimbo Slice"

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emfleek
4/28/10 10:23:18AM
Matt Mitrione (1-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) knows a thing or two about being pigeonholed, and he's not about to do that to UFC 113 opponent and fellow "The Ultimate Fighter 10" veteran Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson (4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Mitrione, a former linebacker and defensive tackle in the NFL, got a reputation on the Spike TV series as a difficult-to-work-with brooder that rubbed his teammates the wrong way. Ferguson already had a reputation as an MMA greenie made famous by the good fortune of YouTube.

Six months after the program aired, both continue to grow as mixed martial artists and carve out identities in the UFC. Mitrione says he's not bothered by his image. All he's focused on is beating Slice, and do to that, he's trying to forget all that he thinks he knows about the bearded fighter.

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MisterFreeze
4/28/10 11:23:39AM
Kimbo is gonna punch a hole in Meatheads brain
MaxOne
4/28/10 11:42:36AM
i'm expecting Mitrione to win this.
MisterFreeze
4/28/10 11:51:30AM

Posted by MaxOne

i'm expecting Mitrione to win this.



Anything is possible, but Kimbo has much better striking.
Kimbo was even out-striking Roy Nelson, his downfall in that fight was getting taken down. As long as Kimbo busts his ass to work on his ground game he should walk right through Mitrione.
gcraig22
4/28/10 1:03:06PM
Mitrione is going to TKO Slice in round 1. He is gonna drop him with a straight left and finish him with ground strikes.
sbulldavid
4/28/10 1:06:04PM
Everybody out strikes Nelson, then he lands that overhand right, that isn't that impressive.
BustedKnuckle
4/28/10 8:26:44PM
Meathead needs to remember the right hand of Kimbo for sure. I see it going to the way of Slice!!!
Hendo67
4/28/10 8:32:53PM
Meathead by TKO in the first, Kimbo's power is terribly overrated in my mind.
MisterFreeze
4/28/10 10:40:01PM

Posted by sbulldavid

Everybody out strikes Nelson, then he lands that overhand right, that isn't that impressive.




I don't know man, Kimbo was seriously taking it to Nelson on the feet. If Roy stood any longer with him he was gonna get KOed.
I really think Matt Mitrione is too soft. Kimbo will eat him up and spit him out.

P.S. Just because I think Kimbo can beat Mitrione doesn't mean I think he's gonna be champ one day. I think Kimbo can and will win this fight. After that, who knows.
Giant_Ochai
4/29/10 3:40:21PM

Posted by MisterFreeze


Posted by MaxOne

i'm expecting Mitrione to win this.



Anything is possible, but Kimbo has much better striking.
Kimbo was even out-striking Roy Nelson, his downfall in that fight was getting taken down. As long as Kimbo busts his ass to work on his ground game he should walk right through Mitrione.

What if Mitrione is also busting his ass? Kimbo isn't fighting a small 205er this time either.
MisterFreeze
4/30/10 12:16:50AM

Posted by Giant_Ochai


Posted by MisterFreeze


Posted by MaxOne

i'm expecting Mitrione to win this.



Anything is possible, but Kimbo has much better striking.
Kimbo was even out-striking Roy Nelson, his downfall in that fight was getting taken down. As long as Kimbo busts his ass to work on his ground game he should walk right through Mitrione.

What if Mitrione is also busting his ass? Kimbo isn't fighting a small 205er this time either.




I'm sure he is, but I think Kimbo is the better fighter to begin with.
DosBox
4/30/10 1:49:49AM

Posted by Hendo67

Meathead by TKO in the first, Kimbo's power is terribly overrated in my mind.



Yea, I would agree.

Unfortunately I expect this fight to be terrible.

Kimbo and Mitrione have bad gas tanks, if this fight goes past the 1st, it will be awful.

Mitrione has the power and the reach advantage, and even shown in his fight against Scott Junk, that even though he was completely gassed.. he literally won the second round and the fight solely on the basis of sticking out the jab near Junk's face. 90% of those jabs didnt even land, but by literally sticking it out (moreso flinging an extended arm while his hands dangled by his sides) he happened to be more offensive by using the jab defensively (if he would have thrown anything else he probably would have fell over).

In the 3rd round of the Kimbo/Houston fight Houston threw up a couple of sloppy jabs while his hands were dangling on the ground near the body of Kimbo that made Kimbo unable to counter/too tired to counter.

I think Mitrione takes the 1st round - then we enter 10 minutes of spaghetti arm flailing, where Mitrione sloppily backs up Kimbo with a jab in the 3rd winning a U.Decision.

I hate to be so negative about the fight. Mitrione definitely has the edge though IMO, Mitrione I think has shown more improvement than Kimbo has during each of their fights on the Finale card. Mitrione I think could probably be good enough to stick around for a while. He was able to stay composed on his back against Marcus Jones even when Marcus had him in side mount, knew how to wall-walk, and had the ability to work for an underhook when pressed up against the cage defending a takedown.

Kimbo was ultimately able to survive because he was able to out-muscle Houston do to a strength advantage... and he's not going to have that advantage against Mitrione. Kimbo also IMO didn't show as much technical improvement in comparison to Matt Mitrione.

I'd be more inclined to think that Kimbo might try to push him Mitrione against the fence and try to overpower Mitrione, but Mitrione has the reach, strength, and power advantage, and I feel he has shown greater improvement than Kimbo.

I hope for at least a decent fight, but I clearly favor Mitrione.

Cdellorso
5/9/10 1:40:02PM
Kimbo didnt tap- Kimbo didnt say goodnight but he was dominated by a sloppy mitrone.
Giant_Ochai
5/9/10 2:54:27PM

Posted by MisterFreeze


Posted by Giant_Ochai


Posted by MisterFreeze


Posted by MaxOne

i'm expecting Mitrione to win this.



Anything is possible, but Kimbo has much better striking.
Kimbo was even out-striking Roy Nelson, his downfall in that fight was getting taken down. As long as Kimbo busts his ass to work on his ground game he should walk right through Mitrione.

What if Mitrione is also busting his ass? Kimbo isn't fighting a small 205er this time either.




I'm sure he is, but I think Kimbo is the better fighter to begin with.

Looks like Mitrione is the better fighter.
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