Matt Mitrione is an American former American football player and mixed martial artist who made his MMA debut as a competitor on The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights.
He was born on July 15, 1978, in Bloomington, Illinois, USA.
When Matt was young, he had extreme hyperactivity. To reduce the symptoms, Mitrione trained in Shotokan Karate, a style of karate that was developed by Gichin Funakoshi.
Mitrione graduated from Springfield Southeast High School.
After high school, Matt attended Purdue University on a football scholarship.
In 2002, he signed a contract with the New York Giants. In 2004, Matt was released by the Giants. Later, he had brief stints with Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers.
The Ultimate Fighter
He participated in the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, a mixed martial arts competition that is produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Fox Sports 1.
Matt made his professional MMA debut at The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale. There, he won vs former mixed martial artist fighter Marcus Jones via KO.
On January 22, 2011, he defeated Tim Hague at UFC Fight Night 23 via TKO.
In 2013, he was suspended for his comments about Fallon Fox, a transgender fighter who has fought in the women’s division on MMA shows.
Matt said about Fox:
”He’s chromosomally a man. He had a gender change, not a sex change. He’s still a man. He was a man for 31 years. Thirty-one years.”
Mitrione went on to say:
”That’s a couple years younger than I am. He’s a man. Six years of taking performance de-hancing drugs, you think is going to change all that? That’s ridiculous.”
Lawrence Epstein, UFC Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said:
”As communicated to Mr. Mitrione in the form of a written reprimand, that investigation found he went beyond expressing an honestly held belief, and that his comments represented a significant breach of the UFC’s code of conduct.”
Epstein also said:
”As a result, Mr. Mitrione received a significant monetary penalty.”
Mitrione issued an apology for his comments on Fox:
”I want to apologize for my hurtful comments about Fallon Fox and a group within our society, which, in truth, I know nothing about.”
Matt went on to say:
”I now know there’s an important line between expressing an opinion on a subject and being hurtful and insensitive. I crossed that line by expressing my views in an ugly, rude and inappropriate manner.”
After facing time off and a stiff fine, Matt was able to return to the Octagon.
On March 1, 2014, he won via knockout at 4:59 of the first round vs Shawn Jordan at The Ultimate Fighter: China Finale.
On March 14, 2016, Matt announced he had signed with Bellator MMA.
On June 24, 2017, Mitrione fought Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator NYC. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.
Later, he said:
“Competition is my drug of choice.”
“That’s my vice, and I love being in the moment, whether I’m winning or losing or anything else.”
On August 24, 2019, he lost a match vs Kharitonov at Bellator 225. Some said that Matt lost the fight since he was distracted by the ill-fitting gum-shield. He said in an interview:
“Me losing was not because of my mouthpiece, it was because of my response to the situation.”
In August 2019, he participated in “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series. Other fighters that participated in the show include:
- Kimbo Slice;
- Roy Nelson;
- Brendan Schaub.
During an interview, Matt said about his participation in the reality series as one of the ‘least enjoyable’ of his entire life. He declared:
“The fighting frequently part isn’t that much of an issue. But separating yourself from the outside world, your family, all your comforts, that’s difficult for sure.”
Mitrione also said:
“It was one of the least enjoyable experiences of my entire life. I would do it again, but I wouldn’t do it less for probably a million.”
In 2016, he lost a match via TKO in the third round vs Travis Browne at UFC Fight Night 81. Matt suffered two eye pokes from Travis throughout the match.
The swelling was so bad that Mitrione was unable to see out of his right eye. He explained:
“That punch wouldn’t have landed if I didn’t get poked in the eye twice.”
Matt went on to say:
“I’ve never been punched like that in my life. I don’t get punched flush in the face like that. I move too much.”
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Matt Mitrione was married to a woman named Tina Mitrione.
They divorced in December 2014.
The couple has three children.
Mitrione is 6 ft 3 in (190 cm) tall.
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Matt weighs about 264 lbs (119 kg).
”Does running round in circles chasing a mouse in my tiny studio apartment count as a workout?”
”Some people say I don’t got the stones. I got the stones.”
”I know that Kharitonov is very, very tough, and he’s very good at what he does.”
”Why my wallet more empty after the last two fights?”
”If I was Batman I would be terrible because I wouldn’t be able to resist the cheese.”
”Beyoncé ask to be my life partner but I say no way, I saving myself for Ginger Spice.”
”I’m not known for giving boring fights, I’m not known for being a slow-paced guy.”
”Some people say my life is boring but today I saw a squirrel romancing a pigeon.”
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In 2015, Mitrione had a role in the movie “Street” starring Beau “Casper” Smart.
Matt Mitrione – Net Worth
Mitrione earned most of his wealth from playing in the NFL as well as the matches he had fought.
In the National Football League, Matt played for the New York Giants, the Minnesota Vikings, and the San Francisco 49ers.
As a fighter, Matt holds notable victories over Kimbo Slice, Oli Thompson, Gabriel Gonzaga, Derrick Lewis, Roy Nelson, Gabriel Gonzaga, and Fedor Emelianenko. Therefore, former American football player Matt Mitrione has an estimated net worth of $3 million.
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