The UFC vets fought in the opening round of Bellator’s heavyweight grand-prix tourney on February 16th, and Mitirione went on to win a majority decision. The fight saw Mitrione go to work with his hands, while Nelson tried to secure a victory, via his grappling game.
Well, since the bout, Mitrione appeared on “MMA Junkie.com Radio”, and proceeded to accuse “Big Country” of cheating in their scrap (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“A lot of people think that Roy won the second half of the third round, and a lot of people think that was a 10-8 round,” Mitrione said. “In that round, if you go back and watch that film, 1:45 left in the fight till about 50 seconds (left) or so, you can see when I get put in the crucifix, I have an escape.
“I take my heel and I pull his calf into me, and if I squeeze my knees, it ends up being a sweep and I end up on top. Well, I didn’t squeeze my knees the first time I tried it, so Roy escaped it. After he escaped it, he took his right foot and he dug his foot into the fence. He actually took his foot off the canvas and he used it as leverage to push off the fence and drive into me.”
A fired up Mitrione went on to call Nelson a “grandstanding-ass cat” and a “cheat”, before relaying “I’m never going to be cool with you again on any level, and I’m glad I beat your ass.”
There you have it. It will be interesting to see what Nelson’s take is on this, or, if any sort of bridge here can be rebuilt.
Mitrione and Nelson also fought way back in 2012, and the latter won that bout via first round stoppage.
His beef with Nelson aside, Mitrione will advance to take on the winner of the upcoming “King Mo” Lawal – Ryan Bader fight. That bout is taking place on May 12th at Bellator 199.