Matt Mitrione: My wrestling is not good enough to fight Daniel Cormier on short noticePosted on October 2, 2012, 06:05 PM by Anton Gurevich
"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." - bloodyelbow.com
UFC Heavyweight division veteran, Matt Mitrione, has revealed about his decision-making process of declining the fight with Daniel Cormier. Mitrione, who is well-known for calling-out Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, was offered to fight Daniel Cormier instead of injured Frank Mir, but the former TUF 10 contestant decided to respectfully decline the offer that could’ve catapulted him into the highest echelon of the UFC Heavyweight division.
According to Mitrione, his wrestling is not good enough to face a former Olympian with just one month of preparation.
Matt Mitrione is 5-1 in his MMA career, losing to Cheick Kongo via Unanimous Decision in his most recent appearance inside the UFC Octagon. “Meathead” is currently scheduled to face Phil de Fries at UFC 155 on December 29th.