Adrenaline ... she is a cruel mistress.
So sayeth husky heavyweight hurter Matt Mitrione, who chimes in on Shane Carwin's recent performance against Junior dos Santos at UFC 131 back on June 11 in Vancouver.
"The Engineer" saw his pipes break in the very first round of his headliner against "Cigano," barely surviving the Brazilian Claymore only to lose a lopsided judge's decision as well as a few pints of plasma.
How could one of the world's deadliest heavyweights have been disposed of with such ease? Was Dos Santos simply on another level? Or did Carwin suffer from "mind games" and a second straight "adrenaline dump?"
"Meathead" talks turkey with Steve Cofield at Yahoo Sports:
"I think Carwin is a good guy, but I think Carwin has a lot he has to learn, especially about his explosiveness now. I think gassing is a huge thing to a heavyweight. For it to happen the first time in a major fight (against Brock Lesnar) I think it might have played a little bit of mind games for Carwin. I think it's very serious. Gassing is a big damn deal ... Adrenaline dump is a bitch and once it sets in it really plays mind games with you. I think a couple more fights for him to get used to it because I think it can really make or break you, I've seen that happen with a couple people."
While Mitrione is a long way from becoming a title contender, he's still perfect through four fights inside the Octagon after sleepwalking his way through the tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
In fact, he'll have a chance to put his money where his mouth is this Sunday night (June 26) against Christian Morecraft on the main card of UFC on Versus 4 from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
Will a win for the former NFL neophyte see him crack the top ten? Or does he need to beat a "name" to become one? Matt Mitrione vs. Shane Carwin in late 2011?