Former NFL star Matt Mitrione heads into his 2011 fight campaign with a perfect 3-0 record and ready to keep the party going against Tim Hague at the UFC's upcoming Jan. 22 fight card, tentatively scheduled for Fort Hood, Texas, in what is widely expected to be the promotion's next "Fight for the Troops" offering.
MMA Fighting brought word of the pending match-up late last night.
After knocking out fellow contestant Marcus Jones at the Dec. 2009 TUF 10 Finale, Mitrione ended the short-lived Octagon career of Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson via second round TKO at UFC 113 back in May.
"Meathead" followed that up by deporting "The Mexicutioner" from UFC 119 via unanimous decision last September and it looks like the Beltran win proved, if nothing else, that Mitrione isn't going away without a fight.
Will Tim Hague be prepared to give him one?
The Canadian burst onto the scene at UFC 98 with a quick submission win over Pat Barry, but ended up on the wrong end of a record-setting, seven-second knockout at the hands of Todd Duffee later that year.
Consecutive decision losses to up-and-comers Chris Tuchsherer (UFC 109) and Joey Beltran (UFC 113) sent the former King of the Cage (KOTC) heavyweight back to the regional circuit.
Hague made the most of the opportunity by stopping Zak Jensen and Travis Wiuff under Canada's "Aggression MMA" (AMMA) banner.
Can "The Thrashing Machine" prove he still belongs among the ranks of the world's largest fight promotion?
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more information regarding the upcoming Jan. 22 event as it becomes available.