Matt Mitrione Says It's Stressful Starting as a Fighter in the UFC
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.19.2013
Mitrione talks UFC 165 and more...
UFC heavyweight fighter Matt Mitrione spoke with reporters this week about starting his pro-fight career in the UFC. Mitrione faces Brendan Schaub at UFC 165 on Saturday. Below are some highlights:
Mitrione on the stress of starting as a fighter in the UFC: "It's stressful. That's probably the most stress I get versus performance or whatever else is the fact that whatever I do is on the fly."
Mitrione on not knowing anything about the sport when he first started: "I was training, training from day one, for six months to the time I was on 'The Ultimate Fighter,' so I didn't know s--t from anything. I knew nothing at all. So by the time I go there and they're like, 'Oh you got submitted by James McSweeney.' I didn't know what the hell a guillotine was when I got caught in a guillotine."
Mitrione on UFC keeping him on a good pace: "The UFC has me on a good pace. They have me jump up when it's time to jump up and they have me fall back when it's time to fall back, and I'm good with that, it doesn't matter. As long as I give 100 percent in any situation that I'm in, I'm cool with that."