UFC heavyweight fighter Matt Mitrione meets Stefan Struve set for UFC 175 on Saturday and here are some highlights from his pre-fight interviews with the media.
“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.”
Matt Mitrione (7-3) Has six knockouts and one win by decision. He has been knocked out, submitted and lost by decision once.
“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.”
However, he would win his next fight against Shawn Jordan via knockout at UFC Fight Night – Kim vs. Hathaway on Mar / 01 / 2014.
“I don’t think it will be at (any) disadvantage whatsoever. I’ve got arms almost as long as his (Struve). I’m aggressive and even though I haven’t shown it, I’ve got a ground game I can work with.”
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