With the so called "voices" taking him over during the 10th season of the Ultimate Fighter, Matt Mitrione seems to letting his fists do the talking.
Meathead which a lot of people know him by is something Mitrione embraces and enjoys as he works his way up the Heavyweight ladder. With 4 fights so far in the UFC he is slowly developing his case to be a future contender for the Heavyweight Championship. And with the improvement he has shown through every fight who can disagree?
Before entering the MMA scene Mitrione came out of Purdue and was signed by the Giants after the draft hoping to solidify their linebacker position. But with foot pain and with surgery the most likely scenario and in the end he had 7 surgeries in total to that foot area due to infections and other problems. The Giants eventually let him go and he found a reserve role with the Vikings. With not seeing much time on the roster he decided to make the jump to MMA.
With the recent winning streak for him, like Joe Rogan has said he is getting better and better after each fight. Since making the switch to the Duke Rufus Academy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin his foot work and punching angles have improved considerably.
A lot of credit has to be given to Duke Rufus and his staff for taking Mitrione under their wing and really teaching him how to use his quick hands and punch power to his advantage. With the likes of Anthony Pettis, and Pat Barry also getting the same training, the results are outstanding.
The attitude Matt possesses is something that is not only great for the sport but something that many cannot duplicate. He enjoys himself training and is free going no matter the situation. He enjoys his time inside and outside of the Octagon and that reflects in the interviews and comments he makes.
With the 4 wins he now has in the UFC he is becoming more and more of a "noise-maker" around the Division with each win gaining more and more attention. 3 out of the 4 wins have become either of the TKO or KO variety and was very close to finishing Joey Beltran at UFC 119. That being said Mitrione has the talent to continue to flourish and his next opponent could really test him.
As a guest on the MMA Hour yesterday Mitrione would like to see where his talent and skills are. He told Ariel Helwani he would like to fight Cheick Kongo and would like to see where he is at. This would be a huge match up for him as Kongo is one of the most recognizable men in the Heavyweight Division. With a record 25-6-2 he is no stranger to the Octagon. If Mitrione does gain Kongo as his next opponent and puts another win under his belt there will be that much more of a reason to give him that title shot in the near future. Either way, Mitrione loves the ride so far he is having in the sport and is taking everything with a grain of salt.
Hopefully the "voices" continue to push him the right direction and that his "craziness" is just what he needs to continue to open the eyes of others of what he can do for 15 minutes or preferably less.