Matt Mitrione is one of the rare fighters that has not fought outside the UFC. The heavyweight competitor began his run with the promotion during season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. Mitrione may not have won the season, but he did earn a spot on the UFC roster going 5-0 in his first five contests. He followed that run by dropping three of his next four fights. When he stepped into the Octagon to face Shawn Jordan on Saturday, there was a very real chance that his time with the UFC would have come to an end with a defeat.
After knocking out Jordan in the first round, and earning a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus, Mitrione's job seems a lot more secure. After the fight Mitrione, who moved his record to 7-3, spoke about the win, "It was terribly important," he said at the post-fight press conference. "To be honest, I don't think about my job security, but for my self-worth it was important."
Mitrione said that he and his team addressed some issues ahead of this fight, namely his defensive wrestling and his lack of aggression when facing someone that wanted to wrestle him. He added, "If I ever lose again, it won't be because I am being tentative, that's for sure. We wanted to make sure we addressed that, and I feel like we did that tonight."
Another thing that Mitrione addressed leading up to the Macau fight card were some issues he was facing at home. Mitrione did not specify what those problems were, but he did say, "My personal problems were all self-inflicted. I'm an idiot. I do a lot of dumb things. I started to get out of my own way a little bit more, and let myself go down the path I should be on instead of forcing myself to run through the forest."
With his mind in the right place, and a Fight Night bonus winning performance under his belt, it will be interesting to see what the next step is for the 35-year-old Mitrione.