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Decision Win %
Height6' 3 (191 cm)
Reach79 in. (6' 7/201 cm)
Biography(references)Mitrione was born in Bloomington, Illinois and raised in Springfield, where he attended Sacred Heart-Griffin High School for first four years, where he competed in football, swimming and diving, and track and field. In football, he received Honorable Mention USA Today All-American & All-State honors in his senior year playing defensive line. He attended Purdue University on a football scholarship and started 35 consecutive games for the Boilermakers at defensive tackle, but broke his right foot during winter conditioning practice in his senior year. Mitrione went undrafted during the 2002 NFL Draft, but was offered a contract by the New York Giants. Mitrione then relocated with his family to Indianapolis, Indiana, where he began training with fighters Chris Lytle and Jake O'Brien.
Fighter Trivia(references)He is friends with Drew Brees, as the two were teammates at Purdue University from 1997 to 2001 and members of Joe Tiller's first recruiting class. He is also close friends with former NFL tight end Jeremy Shockey, who was his teammate while playing for the New York Giants. He had a role in the 2015 movie "Street" starring Beau "Casper" Smart.
Awards & Accolades
UFC: Fight of the Night (one time) vs. Joey Beltran
UFC: Performance of the Night (two times) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga and Shawn Jordan
Bellator MMA: Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinalist
Full Fight | Timothy Johnson vs. Matt Mitrione | Bellator 243
Full Fight | Ryan Bader vs. Matt Mitrione | Bellator 207
Full Fight | Matt Mitrione vs. Carl Seumanutafa - Bellator 157
Highlights | Matt Mitrione
Bellator NYC: Best of Matt Mitrione | MMA Highlights
Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
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