Matt Mitrione Explains Why He Turned Down Travis Browne Fight at UFC on FOX 4

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Gogoplatapus
7/25/12 9:56:16PM
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Jul 25, 2012 - When the news of Ben Rothwell's injury was first reported, a lot of MMA fans asked, Why not have Matt Mitrione fight Travis Browne?

It's a valid question, especially since Mitrione was once scheduled to fight Rob Broughton at UFC on FOX 4 before visa issues forced Broughton off the card. In fact, the UFC recently asked Mitrione to step in on short notice to fight Browne, but he decided to turn the fight down. Here's why:
scoozna
7/25/12 10:00:57PM
I have to respect that decision...i just don't think he can do that too often, the UFC needs people on occasion to step-up. Furthermore, they (Joe/Dana) promote those fighters that are willing to do so (even to their own detriment).
Cooler
7/25/12 10:03:22PM
Because it would be an embarrassing defeat and his second in a row dropping his stock even further.
scoozna
7/25/12 10:11:45PM

Posted by Cooler

Because it would be an embarrassing defeat and his second in a row dropping his stock even further.



Yeah...it's definitely a tough choice to make - you can be lauded by Dana for being a guy that just wants to be a "f-ing fighter", and get lots of fights, but there's no guarantee that you'll get a pass if you lose a bunch.
Cooler
7/25/12 10:19:30PM

Posted by scoozna


Posted by Cooler

Because it would be an embarrassing defeat and his second in a row dropping his stock even further.



Yeah...it's definitely a tough choice to make - you can be lauded by Dana for being a guy that just wants to be a "f-ing fighter", and get lots of fights, but there's no guarantee that you'll get a pass if you lose a bunch.



Yeah you're right even losing a bunch of exciting fights doesn't keep you around, Matt had to have considered this, win a big fight against the odds or have a better chance at keeping your UFC career, I don't hate the guy for turning down Browne on short notice, guys a beast.

Then again...Did Leonard Garcia even get cut yet?
frizzzlecake
7/25/12 11:20:30PM
Because he saw what happened to Chad Griggs A guy who is as tough as they come. He want's no part of that, don't blame him.

FastKnockout
7/25/12 11:23:08PM
I can understand where he's coming from but there are guys who also keep in shape just for the simple reason an opportunity like this pops up. Donald Cerrone and Carlos Condit come to mind.
Bubbles
7/26/12 12:22:42AM

Posted by FastKnockout

I can understand where he's coming from but there are guys who also keep in shape just for the simple reason an opportunity like this pops up. Donald Cerrone and Carlos Condit come to mind.


Condit? Really? He is purposely sitting out 10 months when an opportunity to fight Kampmann or Hendricks was right there for the taking.
Sir_Karl
7/26/12 12:49:22AM
Bummer.
Twenty20Dollars
7/26/12 12:49:55AM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by FastKnockout

I can understand where he's coming from but there are guys who also keep in shape just for the simple reason an opportunity like this pops up. Donald Cerrone and Carlos Condit come to mind.


Condit? Really? He is purposely sitting out 10 months when an opportunity to fight Kampmann or Hendricks was right there for the taking.



But Condit is the champ now, so it's different. He should get to wait with the UFC disaster created by Diaz.

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Weird how Meathead knew the fight wasn't going to happen 5 weeks ago and we just find out about it like this week.

I wouldn't want to see Matt take the fight if he hasn't been training.
Kpro
7/26/12 8:50:33AM
I don't think you have much to worry about when not agreeing to step in on late notice when you're at a camp like Roufusport. It's the guys training at smaller gyms with less or no UFC fighters that have the pressure there.
prozacnation1978
7/26/12 9:30:05AM
The dude been crushing cans for like two or more years now. Despite kongo he needs a step up in competition. He is healthy had a training camp.
I hope the ufc adds him to 150 or 151
sparky
7/26/12 9:55:17AM

Posted by Bubbles


Posted by FastKnockout

I can understand where he's coming from but there are guys who also keep in shape just for the simple reason an opportunity like this pops up. Donald Cerrone and Carlos Condit come to mind.


Condit? Really? He is purposely sitting out 10 months when an opportunity to fight Kampmann or Hendricks was right there for the taking.



Bubs Condit was actually going to fight Diaz again but when he got suspended he opted to waited for GSP and you can't really blame him he manage to squeek by Nick the first time and they were told that the winner would get a shot at GSP.

I don't hold it against anyone for wanting to fight the best when you have earned it
ghandikush
7/26/12 3:41:45PM
Meathead wasnt can crushing, he was fighting guys and moving up in competition here and there. We know he's good now but we never knew if he was that good before.
Goatenstein
7/26/12 4:16:27PM

Posted by ghandikush

Meathead wasnt can crushing, he was fighting guys and moving up in competition here and there. We know he's good now but we never knew if he was that good before.

With most fans these days there are only about 5 guys per weight class who aren't cans.
Bubbles
7/26/12 8:14:12PM

Posted by Goatenstein


Posted by ghandikush

Meathead wasnt can crushing, he was fighting guys and moving up in competition here and there. We know he's good now but we never knew if he was that good before.

With most fans these days there are only about 5 guys per weight class who aren't cans.


you are giving them too much credit
Bubbles
7/26/12 8:16:50PM

Posted by sparky


Posted by Bubbles


Posted by FastKnockout

I can understand where he's coming from but there are guys who also keep in shape just for the simple reason an opportunity like this pops up. Donald Cerrone and Carlos Condit come to mind.


Condit? Really? He is purposely sitting out 10 months when an opportunity to fight Kampmann or Hendricks was right there for the taking.



Bubs Condit was actually going to fight Diaz again but when he got suspended he opted to waited for GSP and you can't really blame him he manage to squeek by Nick the first time and they were told that the winner would get a shot at GSP.

I don't hold it against anyone for wanting to fight the best when you have earned it


I'm not blaming him for waiting it out, I'd do that too, but Condit is not someone who jumps in on short notice fights or when "an opportunity like this pops up"
jay98107
7/27/12 12:21:58AM

Posted by Goatenstein


Posted by ghandikush

Meathead wasnt can crushing, he was fighting guys and moving up in competition here and there. We know he's good now but we never knew if he was that good before.

With most fans these days there are only about 5 guys per weight class who aren't cans.



Exactly. 99% of fans, myself included, have no idea what it takes to get to GSP's level. More importantly, 99% of fans have no idea what it takes to get to Dan Hardy's level, or Mitrione for that matter. To twist a Jalen Rose quote directed towards Skip Bayless, "I'd rather spend time crushing cans in the UFC than wonder how I'm going to pull my hamstring on my treadmill, like you keyboard warriors do every day." I say all this as someone who fucking hates Mitrione. He really rubbed me the wrong way on TUF.