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Matt Mitrione becomes the latest fighter to make Dana White fucking sick

It’s not difficult to make it onto Dana White’s shit list. All you have to do is question the legitimacy of a crappy main event, say anything even remotely negative about the FOX ratings or The Ultimate Fighter, be a referee with a stupid mustache, or say no when the boss asks you to step in and save a fight. The latest name on that long and distinguished list is Matt Mitrione, who declined to step in for an injured Frank Mir to take on Daniel Cormier on the November 3rd Strikeforce event. White revealed as much when he spoke to reporters Saturday, and according to MMAJunkie, the boss was not a happy camper:

“It fucking makes me sick. Listen, you don’t want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn’t want big opportunities. It makes no sense to me, and it’s insane. I’m a little bummed out by it. We’ll figure it out.”

Normally it’s a very wise career decision to step up when Dana asks. It has been known to extend the dreaded three fight losing streak which leads to almost certain unemployment, and generally just keep a guy in the good graces of the man with the unbridled juice to make the heavens rain either gold and virgins or fire and brimstone. But in this particular instance, it was probably not the worst move Matt Mitrione could have made, depending on whether or not Dana wants to make an example of him that any deviation from his totolitarian rule will be dealt with harshly.

On the one hand, yeah Mitrione just pissed off his boss, and Dana isn’t exactly shy about fucking with a guy. Mitrione is set to face Phil De Fries on December 29th, and has, or had, a pretty good shot of getting on the main card. Now, who knows? The under card, or worse, the dreaded Facebook slot could be in his future. On the other hand, leaving the big UFC New Years show with the heavyweight championship main event, for a Strikeforce card that, to be frank, most people couldn’t two shits about, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either. Not to mention the fact that Cormier is a guy Mitrione has almost zero chance of beating, which means no win bonus.

Mitrione was faced with an agonizing decision, I’d imagine. Who knows if there was some financial incentive for accepting the offer, other than just squandering a “big opportunity,” which doesn’t seem all that big when you think about it. Fighters make a substantial portion of their paper through sponsorships, and I doubt sponsors are throwing around big dollars right now to plaster their logos on the asses of Strikeforce fighters. Mitrione doesn’t make the big bucks, pulling in only ten large for his last fight – a loss to Cheick Kongo. Maybe that win bonus, plus whatever his agent can squeeze from sponsors is make or break for him. Only time will tell if Matt made a mistake or not.

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