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Matt Mitrione makes peace with Ryan Bader winning Bellator heavyweight grand prix

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NEW YORK – It was hard for Matt Mitrione to conceal his frustration at getting smothered by Ryan Bader en route to a loss in the semifinals of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix.

Four months later, Mitrione (13-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) has some perspective, aided in no small part by Bader’s showing in the finals of the eight-man tournament.

“He’s a really good dude,” Mitrione told MMAjunkie at a media day for his Bellator 215 headliner opposite Sergei Kharitonov. “He’s always been really good to me, really fair to me. So I’m happy for his success.


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“With that being said, I was salty that a (light heavyweight) came up and wrestled me and that’s why I lost the tournament. But he knocked out (Muhammed Lawal), and he knocked out Fedor (Emelianenko). He knocked out Fedor faster than I did. So I can’t be salty about that.

“If you’re going to do your job and come out and fight that way and throw hands and be strategic about it, then that’s great. If you’re going to try and wrestle-hump and try to get everybody pregnant, then you’re stealing it, and you don’t belong here. But that’s not what he showed. He took me down because he knew that was my weakness, and he knocked Fedor out.”

Mitrione admits he wasn’t in a great place for his training camp with Bader. This time around, he’s had a much better time preparing for Kharitonov. So if he loses again, he doesn’t see himself getting salty.

“If Kharitonov wins, then he beat a damn good Mitrione,” he said.

Obviously, that’s not the plan – Mitrione will do whatever he has to do to “sleep” the Russian in the first round.

To hear more from Mitrione, watch the video above.

For more on Bellator 215, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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