Matt Mitrione reacts to the latest loss of his pro-MMA career that came inside of the Bellator cage under the banner of the Viacom-owned promotion.
As seen in the main event of Bellator 207 on Friday night (October 12, 2018) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, Ryan Bader scored a decision win over Mitrione. This served as a heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout.
Mitrione advanced to the semifinals of this eight-man tournament by picking up a majority decision win over Roy Nelson at Bellator 194 in February. This fight had some controversy as Mitrione lashed out at Nelson for using illegal tactics to keep top control in the third round in their fight at Bellator 194. His fight against Bader had no such problems as it was a clear cut loss.
Matt Mitrione Reacts
Following the fight, the former UFC heavyweight star didn’t make any excuses as to the reason that he lost this fight. Instead, he praised Bader for the performance. He also made it known that he was proud for not giving up inside the cage.
“I obviously got (expletive) up there, lost this one,” Mitrione said in an Instagram video following Bellator 207 (H/T to MMAJunkie). “I felt like in the middle of it I thought to myself, ‘It’s the perfect time for a Snickers commercial,’ because I wasn’t going anywhere for 15 minutes. That mother(expletive) just rode me like a pony, man.”
Mitrione continued by stating that Bader is a great wrestler and took advantage of the situation inside of the cage.
“He’s a great wrestler; I’m not. He took advantage of it and did a great job. Great job, Bader. You whooped my ass. I didn’t quit. I didn’t look very good, but I never gave up, so I can still go home to my babies with my head held high.”