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    Mitrione explains why he turned down Cormier bout


    Stephie Daniels: In your own words, why did you turn down the fight with Daniel Cormier?

    Matt Mitrione: First, I want to thank Dana White and Joe Silva for even offering that fight. It was an honor to get that call, and I would love to fight Daniel Cormier, but I'm just not ready right now. He has Olympic level wrestling, and although I have spent a great deal of time working on my wresting, I don't feel it would be my best fight back after such a long layoff. UFC worked hard to get me a fight this year, but my old opponent had visa issues and it caused additional time out of the cage. Wrestling is, by far, my weakest skill. I'm working hard on my wrestling, but it would be a huge weakness against me in a short notice fight against Cormier.

    Stephie Daniels: Does the fact that this fight would have been in Strikeforce, which is noticeably deteriorating at a rapid rate, have anything to do with your choice to not fight Cormier?

    Matt Mitrione: Not at all, if I thought I was ready for Cormier, I would fight him in Strikeforce or the UFC, or wherever.
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    I never thought I'd be arguing for Zuffa to have more control, but the whole concept of fighters turning down fights smacks of nonsense to me. Particularly when you get to middle tier guys--and one who just lost to a B-level fighter--like Mitrione.

    I can make some degree of exception because Matt was already under contract for another fight, but the whole concept is disappointing.

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    I actually have no problem with this. Mitrione would have been embarrassed and he realized he was fighting someone over his head. Cromier is better at, literally, every thing in the cage than Meathead.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supe View Post
    I actually have no problem with this. Mitrione would have been embarrassed and he realized he was fighting someone over his head. Cromier is better at, literally, every thing in the cage than Meathead.

    So what you're saying is now we have to wait until both fighters feel all warm and fuzzy about their chances? This can't be a constant. Fight who you're told to fight or leave. It's absolutely ridiculous that fighters can turn down fights in the first place, let alone because they just don't like their chances in the fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grambino View Post
    So what you're saying is now we have to wait until both fighters feel all warm and fuzzy about their chances? This can't be a constant. Fight who you're told to fight or leave. It's absolutely ridiculous that fighters can turn down fights in the first place, let alone because they just don't like their chances in the fight.
    You're right. Fighters should definitely sign up for fights the feel they can't win so they can walk in a get the shit kicked out of them. As a generality these fighters are egotistical and, for the most part, believe they can win any fight they are put in. But as a matter of confidence, if they really think they can't win or aren't ready for a certain fighter, they have no fuckin chance...they already lost. We criticize the orgs for hurrying potential contenders into fights they aren't ready for or giving title shots too soon...why shouldn't the fighters be honest with themselves and choose not to fight someone they can't beat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supe View Post
    You're right. Fighters should definitely sign up for fights the feel they can't win so they can walk in a get the shit kicked out of them. As a generality these fighters are egotistical and, for the most part, believe they can win any fight they are put in. But as a matter of confidence, if they really think they can't win or aren't ready for a certain fighter, they have no fuckin chance...they already lost. We criticize the orgs for hurrying potential contenders into fights they aren't ready for or giving title shots too soon...why shouldn't the fighters be honest with themselves and choose not to fight someone they can't beat?
    Because someone has to be favored in a fight. It's reality. He was given a huge opportunity. Very thoughtful of the UFC to make it an opportunity. It should have been a date to show up for a fight or be released from your contract by your employer. I'm sure the owner of the Bills would love to call up Goodell and remove the games he didn't feel good about from his schedule but it just won't happen.

    Mitrione thinks he made a wise career choice, but anyone that knows Dana knows otherwise. Better to take the fights he wants you to take and lose while laying it on the line, rather than wuss out and wait for an easier fight. It'll be a long time coming before he's fighting a guy the caliber of DC, probably never.
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    This was lose/lose for Mitrione anyway.

    He likely loses and takes another step back following a loss and long layoff.

    If he wins, the SF title is either completely discredited or dissolved altogether.

    Now, I'm no proponent of turning down fights but he's under contract to fight in the UFC, not SF. If the fight was under the UFC banner, I might feel a little bit different.
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    Would anyone predict Mitrione escape his fight with Cormier without at least a 6 month medical suspension? There's a risk of losing a fight and there's a risk of permanent damage. If you aren't on the same level as Cormier, you could eat a lot of punishment. Mitrione has no business in a fight with Cormier....it's actually somewhat impressive he's got the brains to acknowledge it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rivethead View Post
    I never thought I'd be arguing for Zuffa to have more control, but the whole concept of fighters turning down fights smacks of nonsense to me. Particularly when you get to middle tier guys--and one who just lost to a B-level fighter--like Mitrione.

    I can make some degree of exception because Matt was already under contract for another fight, but the whole concept is disappointing.

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    I guess I'm on the fence with on this topic. I would agree that fighters should not have the ability to turn down fights if Zuffa was doing a better job of putting together fights that made sense lately (Sonnen in a LHW title fight comes to mind. Thank God Jones was able to turn that one down).

    This fight in particular I think makes no sense. Mitrione doesn't deserve such a step up coming off a loss and Cormier deserves a better opponent anyway. He wins the SF HWGP and they reward him with a step down in competition? If they can't find him a better fight they should just throw him in the mix in the UFC, which they will do after his next fight anyway.
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