by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Before their fight at UFC 113 ever started, Matt Mitrione warned Kimbo Slice that he wasn’t Houston Alexander. He said wouldn’t be intimidated by the former street fighting legend, and Mitrione showed that as he dominated his fellow “Ultimate Fighter” housemate, winning by TKO in the 2nd round.
Mitrione came out and immediately started head hunting with a couple of left high kicks that soon led Kimbo to shoot for a takedown. The Florida based fighter got the fight to the mat, but soon found himself on the bad end of a triangle choke from Mitrione.
While the fighter known as “Meathead” didn’t finish the triangle choke, he did simply wear Kimbo down, and when the fighters got back to the feet, Mitrione did his best Jose Aldo impression as he pummeled his opponent’s lead leg.
As the fight wore on, Mitrione continued to punish Kimbo’s leg and the YouTube sensation simply crumbled from the pressure. Mitrione poured it on, took the mount and punched away at a defenseless Kimbo, and the fight was stopped giving the former NFL pro his second win in the UFC.
Training with Duke Roufus and his camp in Wisconsin showed with the tremendous improvement by Mitrione, who looked like the seasoned and definitely the more conditioned fighter on Saturday night.
“Not to be typical, but whatever the UFC (wants me to) go do, I’m going to go do,” Mitrione answered when asked what he wanted to do next.
With more time to train and improve, Mitrione could prove to be a tough test for any fighter in the heavyweight division. As for Kimbo Slice, he unfortunately was just not on par with his opponent, and it’s back to the drawing board for him.