Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight Matt Mitrione (5-0-0) will be in for the fight of his life when he faces MMA veteran Cheick Kongo (16-6-2) at UFC 137. A contestant on the 10th season of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality TV series, Mitrione is quickly rising up the UFC’s heavyweight rankings.
Mitrione has certainly shown an ability to finish fights, finishing four of his five fights as a professional MMA fighter. The 33 year old MMA fighter is confident he’ll be able to stop Kongo at UFC 137.
“I promise you I’m ready to scrap,” Mitrione said on the MMA Hour. “I’ve put in so much work. I’m ready, I’m excited, I’m not over-trained. I feel I’m ready to go. I’m going to give a wonderful performance. If Cheick wins, damn good job but I really feel I’m going to give a hell of a run for it. I feel like I am a very, very dangerous human being right now. I feel better right now than I ever have in my life. If Cheick’s lucky enough to beat me, he beat the very best product I could put out there.”
While Kongo isn’t currently a part of the heavyweight title picture, there is no question he’ll be the most experienced MMA fighter Mitrione has ever faced when the two meet at UFC 137. Kongo has fought some pretty solid heavyweights over the years, securing wins over tough fighters like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Paul Buentello, and Pat Barry.
Given Mitrione’s tendency to stand with his opponents and Kongo’s solid kickboxing ability (21-2 record as a professional kick-boxer), the fight between these two MMA veterans should be very entertaining.
Kongo is the only man to go the distance with current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velazquez, and Mitrione will definitely have his hands full when the two MMA fighters meet inside the Octagon at UFC 137. A win over a battle-tested MMA veteran like Kongo will make Mitrione a legitimate contender in the UFC’s heavyweight division.