With less than ten total fights, losses in three of his last four efforts, and his prime years already behind him it’s time to accept the reality that Mitrione is not a UFC caliber fighter. Had he entered the sport years earlier instead of finding success on the gridiron, there’s no doubt Mitrione could have been a force in the cage. However, he needs to continue evolving and doesn’t have the necessary time to do so. That being said, Mitrione would be perfectly suited for a Bellator tournament, adding depth to a roster in serious need of a few big names.
Earlier today news surfaced stating lightweight Ryan Couture had been axed by the UFC after back-to-back losses in the Octagon. Ultimately, Couture wasn’t alone in his new found free agency, as Ben Alloway, Papi Abedi, and James Head were also handed pink-slips. While it’s never good to see a fighter lose his spot on the roster, the UFC’s decision to cut the quartet is certainly understandable based on performance. Of course, they aren’t the only Mixed Martial Artists likely to field new offers in the immediate future, as a number of other notable competitors are skating on thin ice quickly melting under the blazing hot pressure to succeed inside the infamous eight-sided cage. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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