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Matt Mitrione Does Not See A Disadvantage Against Stefan Struve
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 07.03.2014

UFC heavyweight fighter Matt Mitrione recently discussed his upcoming bout against Stefan Struve set for UFC 175 on Saturday. Below are some highlights.

Mitrione on his recent win against Shawn Jordan: "I would have a very surreal, almost lucid, dream-stateish feelings in the middle of a fight. It was like, ‘Holy s–t, I'm actually fighting right now. I should probably do something.' In my last fight, I was just completely coherent. I felt great, I knew exactly what I was doing the whole time, and even though it was a bit of a slow start, I feel like I was in control of my capabilities at all times. Hopefully that will maintain."

Mitrione on adjusting to the UFC: "Needless to say, there's going to be growing pains. I only had six months of training when I came into the UFC. I'm going to make mistakes, and unfortunately I cut my teeth in front of 5 million people. It's rough at times, but then again I also made really good money from the jump, had hype coming off ‘The Ultimate Fighter' and I didn't have to cut my teeth on the regional circuits and worry about checks being bounced. Checks from the UFC don't bounce. I'm fortunate in that aspect. You've got to take the good with the bad."

Mitrione on his 10th UFC fight: "In the middle of (fighting) I would be just like, ‘Wow, this is really going on, I should throw a jab or something.' It was just a really strange feeling. I would have this really tripped out feeling. Almost like I'm getting a flashback. I got my 10th (fight) and I don't know, that's my magic number. I finally got in … and it clicked. Hopefully it will for this fight too."

Mitrione on earning his keep now: "This is going to be my 11th fight in the UFC, so I need to start earning my keep. I've won the fights I should have won and I lost the ones that were questionable. It's up to me now to get out there and perform. I think I'm one of the best heavyweights in the world and I want to perform to my expectations."

Mitrione on how anyone can get knocked out at heavyweight: "The heavyweights have got heavy hands. I've got a dense skeleton; I throw hammers. It is what it is. In our division, anyone can get starched. Mike Russow starched Todd Duffee (at UFC 114). It can happen. I don't think he's more susceptible (to the knockout), he's just fought the best of the best in the business."

Mitrione's thoughts on Struve's reach: "I don't think it will be at (any) disadvantage whatsoever. I've got arms almost as long as his. I'm aggressive and even though I haven't shown it, I've got a ground game I can work with."

Credit: MMAjunkie


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