St. Louis -- Matt Mitrione was all but finished in the opening minute of his Bellator debut last night (Fri., June 24, 2016) after eating a huge right hand by Carl Seumanutafa. But, somehow, he managed to survive, rally back and win the fight by knockout after hitting a monster right hand of his own.
To watch Mitrione finish Seumanutafa inside Scottrade Center check out the highlights right here.
Immediately after the bout, Mitrione was admittedly clearing the cobwebs while Jimmy Smith informed him he will be taking on Oli Thompson on the upcoming Bellator 158 card in London, England, on July 16, 2016. Was that announcement a bit premature since Mitrione still needs medical clearance because of taking a big blow to the head? Bellator president Scott Coker addressed the issue at the post-fight press conference.
"I think that maybe we jumped the gun a little bit," Coker said. "We went and talked to Matt and felt that he felt that he was fine. Along with all the other fighters that fought on this card, we will take them through proper medical tests, the commission will be involved and we will say what their position is on this and then we will get a determination on what happened."
Mittrione, 37, said he cleared his post-fight exam, but Bellator director of regulatory affairs, Corey Schafer, informed MMAmania.com that Mittrione will need to undergo an MRI before a ruling on a possible medical suspension by The Missouri Office of Athletics can be handed down.
If you were under the impression that Bellator would have Mitrione fight in London with a medical suspension because there is not an active athletic commission over there, the Bellator president cleared that up, telling MMAMania Bellator would honor a medical suspension should one be issued to Mitrione.
"Yeah, of course," he said. "We will talk to the commission later today and we will go from there."
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