Matt Mitrione wasn't supposed to be here fighting Roy Nelson in the main event of the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 Finale tonight (Sat., Dec. 15, 2012) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Yet here he is and he's promising he'll leave "Sin City" with his hand raised.
And it doesn't matter how he does it:
"I feel that Roy is an interesting fight. He has a lot power, a lot of ground game, a lot of stamina and that is where I want to test myself right now. I thought in this point in my career, I have been doing so much work, took some time off and developed a lot. My training coaches and I thought it was a good fight for me. Roy legitimately has a case for being one of the toughest people in the world. He is incredibly tough. My first fight was in UFC and I have no anxiety about fighting. I am a performer, an athlete and a competitor. I expect to get my hand raise on Saturday. I don't care how it happens - knock him out, submit him, fold him up like a pretzel. I am getting paid."
Make money money, make money, money, money.
Mitrione is definitely eager to get back inside the Octagon and erase the memory of his last performance, an ugly unanimous decision loss to Cheick Kongo back at UFC 137 in October of last year. It's been over a year and a few run-ins with UFC President Dana White have done nothing to help "Meathead's" career.
Knocking out Nelson would resurrect it in a hurry. Anyone think that's what's going to happen later on this evening?