Matt Mitrione is at the crossroads of his mixed martial arts career.
As his current deal with UFC expired at age 37 and a 9-5 (won-lost) record, Matt Mitrione is not having a hard time searching for employment, as both ONE Championship and Bellator MMA are after his services.
In a recent conversation with The MMA Hour on SB Nation, Mitrione said that he received a handsome offer sheet from Bellator MMA, but says that he gave UFC the offer sheet and the right to match the said terms.
“UFC has the right to match,” he explained. “Definitely, I’ve got a very nice offer from Bellator. I’m very happy with that. I’ve been in talks with ONE [Championship]. I feel I am very happy with where things are with Bellator right now.
“As a matter of fact, I actually sent in today the official offer sheet from Bellator into the UFC to see if they want to match. If they do, awesome. Great, then we can have a conversation,” he added.
Despite the offer, the pull of a rematch with Travis Browne keeps him from signing with any other MMA organization that isn’t UFC.
“I’d be happy with the offer from Bellator, but I feel that I have unfinished business in UFC,” he said. “If the UFC matched, my first fight would be with Travis again. That’s my money fight. I want that fight. I was beating him, I’m better than him, the world knows it, the world saw it, especially if they’re calling fouls where he can’t stop my forward aggression coming forwards. Travis is going to have a really bad night and he knows it, too. The world knows it.”
Mitrione lost the fight against Browne last January 17 in the undercard of UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs Cruz, where Browne allegedly had a series of eyepokes on Mitrione that led to the knockout win.