Matt Mitrione Announces Retirement From Professional MMA

Experienced heavyweight fighter Matt Mitrione talked about his retirement.

Mitrione (13-9) told the MMA Hour that he would not compete under MMA rules anymore, but he is preparing for the mixed rules fight against Alexander Flores, held at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.

At Trial combat’s events, there are skilled fighters like Frank Mir and Kubrat Pulev. They are competing under rules quite different from traditional boxing rules.

“I would venture to say I’m done with MMA,” Mitrione said. “Probably, who knows, I might really love [Triad Combat]. Still, some people might call me ignorant for saying this, but I don’t feel that I have been outperformed in standup.”

“My last three TKO [losses], [Sergei] Kharitonov — the one headbutt and the other headbutt — Tyrell [Fortune] the second one, and those are literally the first contacts of the fight. So I feel like if I’m gonna retire and be done, then I want to be outperformed. I want to behave somebody that came in there and smoked me and whupped my ass at what I’m strong at.

“Then that tells me, ‘OK, you’re done. It’s past your time.’”

The veteran fighter said he likes grappling, but he doesn’t like wrestling. He also doesn’t like passivity “being awarded in a fight sport.”

“… But it’s always been that way,” he said.

The last time Mitrione won a fight was in February 2018 against Roy Nelson. Since then, he’s been on a four-fight losing skid with one no contest against Sergei Kharitonov.

The 43-year-old has been part of Bellator since 2016, but he said he only continued fighting because he did what he had to do.

“I don’t have many good feelings towards [Bellator] at all,” Mitrione said. “I made my financial life, I had leverage because I did what I had to do. I think that they made several ideas, like the heavyweight tournament — I think the heavyweight tournament was a joke.”

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