UFC boss White confirms Matt Mitrione turned down Strikeforce fight with Daniel Cormier

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Shawn91111
9/29/12 11:26:21PM
NOTTINGHAM, England – Dana White thought he had Daniel Cormier's next opponent all set up. Instead, it was back to the drawing board.

Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) was scheduled to fight former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) in about a month in Oklahoma City. But Mir dropped out with an injury, and White and the Zuffa brass went to work on his replacement.

White thought it was going to be Matt Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) – but the UFC heavyweight turned down the fight earlier this week.

"It f---ing makes me sick," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Saturday following the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight news conference. "Listen, you don't want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn't want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.

"He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn't want to fight the guy who's the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who's ranked. And Mitrione's not getting any younger."


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Bubbles
9/29/12 11:31:28PM
let Chael fight him if no one else wants to
Twenty20Dollars
9/29/12 11:52:19PM
Baby Dana gets butt hurt over everything.
TeamDEY
9/30/12 12:06:03AM
I don't understand Mitrione not taking this fight. He talked to Rampage about money but he won't fight Cormier for a lot of money. Makes sense.
BelXavier420
9/30/12 12:57:06AM
Meathead, you disappoint me greatly.
jlock003
9/30/12 2:00:25AM
I'm willing to bet he's in absolute terrible shape right now not having fought in so long and having had a few cancellations. He probably needs til December to get his lungs back where they need to be and face it De Fries will be an easier fight than Cormier. Mitrione just doesn't want to put himself in the stepping stone category just yet. That's my assessment anyway.
Boo_Radley21
9/30/12 2:17:30AM
Dana is such a fifteen year old girl
Twenty20Dollars
9/30/12 3:28:40AM
Roughly only a month to prepare.

I'm glad he didn't take it. I wouldn't want to see that.

Stick it to the Zuffa brass.
Budgellism
9/30/12 3:45:19AM
Mitrione isn't ready for that imo
aussiemma
9/30/12 6:18:08AM

Posted by Budgellism

Mitrione isn't ready for that imo



he's 34 years of age, if he aint ready for it now then he will never be ready. time is ticking.
sparky
9/30/12 7:12:52AM

Posted by Budgellism

Mitrione isn't ready for that imo



I agree

Meathead in no way should be fighting a guy like DC especially if he cant come up with a game plan to beat Kongo.

I want to see DC tested by a legit UFC HW not a mid tier guy he's going to destroy
Budgellism
9/30/12 7:28:44AM

Posted by aussiemma


Posted by Budgellism

Mitrione isn't ready for that imo



he's 34 years of age, if he aint ready for it now then he will never be ready. time is ticking.



He's also 5-1 with his biggest win against Joey Beltran.
aussiemma
9/30/12 9:21:24AM

Posted by Budgellism


Posted by aussiemma


Posted by Budgellism

Mitrione isn't ready for that imo



he's 34 years of age, if he aint ready for it now then he will never be ready. time is ticking.



He's also 5-1 with his biggest win against Joey Beltran.



so your point is the competition he has faced ? not doubting cormier in the slightest but he hasn't exactly fought the best of the best either.

mir was a perfect test to gauge where cormier would fit in the ufc, although mitrione is not as experienced or highly ranked he is still a good striker with a decent name and a good test nonetheless.
Bubbles
9/30/12 9:43:54AM

Posted by aussiemma


Posted by Budgellism


Posted by aussiemma


Posted by Budgellism

Mitrione isn't ready for that imo



he's 34 years of age, if he aint ready for it now then he will never be ready. time is ticking.



He's also 5-1 with his biggest win against Joey Beltran.



so your point is the competition he has faced ? not doubting cormier in the slightest but he hasn't exactly fought the best of the best either.

mir was a perfect test to gauge where cormier would fit in the ufc, although mitrione is not as experienced or highly ranked he is still a good striker with a decent name and a good test nonetheless.


Bigfoot > all of Mitrione's opponents. Then Cormier handled a top 10 in Barnett pretty easily. Mitrione is a huge step down in competition and really does nothing for Cormier besides having another fight. Why not send Kongo over instead? Bring back Jeff Monson or Todd Duffee as their fight was scrapped. Most of the relevant UFC HWs are tied up or just recently fought or suspended. Instead of bitching about Mitrione, bring in some outsider...it will do the exact same thing. Maybe Hershel Walker needs another paycheque

Mitrione at 34 doesn't mean a whole lot when he has only been fighting for a few years.
JoeWarren33
9/30/12 9:58:58AM
So UFC isn't a big opportunity? Now Strikeforce is where people want to be?

Budgellism
9/30/12 10:26:33AM

Posted by aussiemma


Posted by Budgellism


Posted by aussiemma


Posted by Budgellism

Mitrione isn't ready for that imo



he's 34 years of age, if he aint ready for it now then he will never be ready. time is ticking.



He's also 5-1 with his biggest win against Joey Beltran.



so your point is the competition he has faced ? not doubting cormier in the slightest but he hasn't exactly fought the best of the best either.

mir was a perfect test to gauge where cormier would fit in the ufc, although mitrione is not as experienced or highly ranked he is still a good striker with a decent name and a good test nonetheless.



Yeah, pretty much. That and he's had 6 fights, none of them against anyone who can compare to Monson, Barnett and Bigfoot. Joey Beltran is a hell of a lot further down the line than Josh Barnett, let's be serious. Mitrione is a 5-1 guy who is no where near the top 15. Cormier is easily in the top 10, nearing the top 5. It's a complete waste of a fight if they throw Mitrione in there at this point in his career.
cowcatcher
9/30/12 10:38:47AM
The problem I have with Mitrione turning the fight down is that he was just on the MMA Hour with Ariel and he said he was hoping someone would get hurt so he could get a fight to pay the bills.

Even with that said, I can't blame the guy for not taking a 5 round fight with a guy like Cormier in a smaller organization on short notice. There are lots of reasons for hi to pass in the last sentence I wrote.
prozacnation1978
9/30/12 10:48:32AM
Werdum wanted it. Give it to him.
Suprised meathead didn't wanna fight. He hasn't fought all year long
danclarke1992
9/30/12 11:09:06AM
mittrione was on the mma hour a few weeks ago and he said that he would fight anyone, anywhere, he also said that if a big name became available before his fight with de fries he would love to step up, so im not sure what has changed since then, maybe he picked up a slight injury or he just doesnt want to fight dc knowing he would probably loose
BuffaloDave
9/30/12 11:22:51AM
In the words of Smokey Diaz "Don't Be Scared Homie"

It doesn't make Meathead look good, when he said he wanted a fight to pay the bills then turn down, a headlining fight, like a few others have said. He doesn't have to much to lose, but everything to gain if he took the fight. He doesn't have to worry about job security if he loses, since he is taking a fight on short notice, pretty much everyone gets a pass, for doing so, I would imagine Zuffa would have a nice backstage bonus for him for taking the fight. To be honest, A loss really doesn't hurt him in any means because it wasn't like he was on the cusp of fighting the top tier talent anyhow, so this was a blessing for him, and would surely get him a fight against someone else ranked in the top 10 with a win.

Definitely more pros than cons for taking the fight.
postman
9/30/12 11:37:46AM
Didn't meathead go off about Jon Jones not taking the Chael fight?
I could be wrong but I thought he was one of the fighters who felt the need to publicly pile on Jones.
shaneTpain
9/30/12 11:56:19AM
I agree it makes Meathead look like a wuss for not taking the fight after saying he'd fight anyone anywhere tp pay his bills. But I am glad he said no because that fight would have been stupid anyways. DANIEL CORMIER VERUSSSSSS.... *drumroll* Meathead....*crickets* I wanna see DC tested! The dude just beat a legit fighter & exchamp!! I don't wanna see him eat Meathead alive. Like Prozac said give him Werdum! Thats a test! Thats a solid match. & fuck Dana is being an extra bitchy baby these days
Twenty20Dollars
9/30/12 12:35:43PM
Also seeing Evans turned down Glover fight.
meier
9/30/12 1:15:59PM
This is getting absolutely ridiculous...period. nobody wants to fight anybody these days. ask mark hunt to step up and fight cormier
jlock003
9/30/12 1:51:03PM
Mark hunt is still nursing an injury. The Werdum option is the most logical but all the talk about the competition is funny to me. A lot of people on here (I'm not looking to see if it's any of you arguing that meathead is too far down the line) were begging for Arlovski to step in and take the fight. I think it would be a terrible idea for Mitrione to take the fight but I also heard him on the mma hour talking about being willing to fight anybody and I also see the hypocrisy there. I like AA but as far as being ranked right now....AA has dropped off of the radar. Bigfoot is way overrated IMO and I can't see how a win over Bigfoot trumps Mitrione's opponents at all and please don't give me that victory of the legend Fedor stuff. I'm not getting into that conversation again. Bigfoot's most impressive win was over a guy who got demolished in his last 3 fights against decent competition and he's been KO"d back to back against top level competition. He's not that good.

All that being said Cormier looked stellar against Barnett who was by far the toughest test of his career and Barnett is certainly greater than any of Meathead's previous opponents, but he's also Cormier's only real test up to this point. Monson has been on the Travis Fulton route for years now and Bigfoot, as I stated earlier, is unproven at best. I feel like Cormier would demolish meathead and that's the biggest reason I don't think he should've taken the fight, but it's not like Cormier has been running through top level competition. A win over Mir was perfect for him and would have put him directly into the mix when he got to the big leagues. The only way to salvage that opportunity for him now is the make the Werdum fight happen or just exercise some parent company power and nix that stupid contract extension and tell showtime to get over it. I'm thinking the Werdum option is a greater possibility.
george112
9/30/12 2:01:55PM

Posted by jlock003

Mark hunt is still nursing an injury. The Werdum option is the most logical but all the talk about the competition is funny to me. A lot of people on here (I'm not looking to see if it's any of you arguing that meathead is too far down the line) were begging for Arlovski to step in and take the fight. I think it would be a terrible idea for Mitrione to take the fight but I also heard him on the mma hour talking about being willing to fight anybody and I also see the hypocrisy there. I like AA but as far as being ranked right now....AA has dropped off of the radar. Bigfoot is way overrated IMO and I can't see how a win over Bigfoot trumps Mitrione's opponents at all and please don't give me that victory of the legend Fedor stuff. I'm not getting into that conversation again. Bigfoot's most impressive win was over a guy who got demolished in his last 3 fights against decent competition and he's been KO"d back to back against top level competition. He's not that good.

All that being said Cormier looked stellar against Barnett who was by far the toughest test of his career and Barnett is certainly greater than any of Meathead's previous opponents, but he's also Cormier's only real test up to this point. Monson has been on the Travis Fulton route for years now and Bigfoot, as I stated earlier, is unproven at best. I feel like Cormier would demolish meathead and that's the biggest reason I don't think he should've taken the fight, but it's not like Cormier has been running through top level competition. A win over Mir was perfect for him and would have put him directly into the mix when he got to the big leagues. The only way to salvage that opportunity for him now is the make the Werdum fight happen or just exercise some parent company power and nix that stupid contract extension and tell showtime to get over it. I'm thinking the Werdum option is a greater possibility.



Until Barnett gets into the UFC and faces some real heavyweights I say he's the one that's overrated.

jlock003
9/30/12 5:28:37PM

Posted by george112


Posted by jlock003

Mark hunt is still nursing an injury. The Werdum option is the most logical but all the talk about the competition is funny to me. A lot of people on here (I'm not looking to see if it's any of you arguing that meathead is too far down the line) were begging for Arlovski to step in and take the fight. I think it would be a terrible idea for Mitrione to take the fight but I also heard him on the mma hour talking about being willing to fight anybody and I also see the hypocrisy there. I like AA but as far as being ranked right now....AA has dropped off of the radar. Bigfoot is way overrated IMO and I can't see how a win over Bigfoot trumps Mitrione's opponents at all and please don't give me that victory of the legend Fedor stuff. I'm not getting into that conversation again. Bigfoot's most impressive win was over a guy who got demolished in his last 3 fights against decent competition and he's been KO"d back to back against top level competition. He's not that good.

All that being said Cormier looked stellar against Barnett who was by far the toughest test of his career and Barnett is certainly greater than any of Meathead's previous opponents, but he's also Cormier's only real test up to this point. Monson has been on the Travis Fulton route for years now and Bigfoot, as I stated earlier, is unproven at best. I feel like Cormier would demolish meathead and that's the biggest reason I don't think he should've taken the fight, but it's not like Cormier has been running through top level competition. A win over Mir was perfect for him and would have put him directly into the mix when he got to the big leagues. The only way to salvage that opportunity for him now is the make the Werdum fight happen or just exercise some parent company power and nix that stupid contract extension and tell showtime to get over it. I'm thinking the Werdum option is a greater possibility.



Until Barnett gets into the UFC and faces some real heavyweights I say he's the one that's overrated.




I hope to see that happen and I know what you mean, but he's still got better wins than Bigfoot. I don't even know who I would pick out as Bigfoot's most quality win. Barnett at least has wins over Big Nog and Randy.
meier
9/30/12 7:42:45PM
Hmmmmmm...hooow about sherk?
jlock003
10/1/12 12:53:51AM
I'm lost on the sherk comment...could be the bud light talking but I don't get it...
Cooler
10/2/12 4:35:02PM

Posted by danclarke1992

mittrione was on the mma hour a few weeks ago and he said that he would fight anyone, anywhere, he also said that if a big name became available before his fight with de fries he would love to step up, so im not sure what has changed since then, maybe he picked up a slight injury or he just doesnt want to fight dc knowing he would probably loose



It means Mitrione is a liar. He clearly wouldn't fight anyone anytime anywhere.

On top of that he started a feud with Rampage on the MMA hour, another fight he probably would not take.
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