Bellator has been taking some heat recently for what went down at Bellator 149, but the promotion is making headlines today for a different reason: Matt Mitrione has signed with the organization.
Yes, not long after Mitrione reported that he’s been tabled a “very nice offer” from Bellator, the fighter announced today on “The MMA Hour” that he’s signed with company. During the segment the heavyweight reported that it’s a four fight deal, and that each fight will land him at least six figures. In addition, since Bellator doesn’t have a uniform arrangement like the UFC, Mitrione said that the potential to secure sponsorships played an important factor in his decision.
In a follow up press release from Bellator, Mitrione was quoted saying:
“There comes a time in every athlete’s life, where the scenarios change and the landscape has eroded from what made you fall in love with it initially,” said Mitrione. “It has become that time for me. After a mutually beneficial free agency period, I’ve decided to move my career to Bellator. I’ve enjoyed almost every second of my career and unlike most that switch organizations due to being cut or no longer being able to perform at the sports highest levels, I am bringing a body and skillset that are only getting better and I cannot wait to test my abilities against the best Bellator has to offer.”
Mitrione also reported that he’s going to be commentating for Bellator’s new kickboxing promotion, which debuts on April 16th.
So there you go. It’s not too surprising to hear this, since it sounds like Mitrione got a pretty sweet deal. The heavy handed fighter said he doesn’t have any outstanding issues with the UFC, which is the only organization he’s fought for to date. Crazy right?
It’s a nice signing for Bellator, as Mitrione speaks his mind, and has a fan pleasing style. This is a guy who has 8 TKO or KO wins out of 9 career victories. It comes at a time when Bellator has added stars like Benson Henderson and Wanderlei Silva to its roster as well.
Mitrione heads to Bellator after being stopped by Travis Browne in January. Mitrione is appealing the loss, however, as he claims the referee made several mistakes during the contest.