Matt Mitrione’s former football history is well known, as the UFC constantly brought it up while he was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter.
Well, Mitrione recently let fans of The MMA Hour on a story that the UFC likely would have tried to bring up had they known about it.
It seems as if “Meathead” and NFL Hall of Famer Warren Sapp have a long-standing history together. Well, not really a “history” as much as a beef. Let Mitrione explain.
“I met him at a party that night. I went up to shake his hand and I stuck my hand out. I was like, ‘Hey, I’m Matt Mitrione. We’re supposed to do something tomorrow.’
“He crossed his arms and looked at me and was like, ‘Are we done yet?’ and just walked away.”
Mitrione said he and Sapp were going to shoot a video. Mitrione was a defensive tackle for Purdue, which was playing Georgia in the 2000 Outback Bowl in Florida. Sapp was a member of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the time.
Unfortunately for Mitrione, it appears as if Sapp got the last laugh.
While competing in Macau recently – where he defeated Shawn Jordan via first round KO – Mitrione slapped the hand of a fan sitting Octagon-side. That fan, none other than Sapp, who was in attendance for the card.
“After a fight, if you did well, a lot of people reach out and you don’t even look, you just shake a hand,” he said. “I was walking by cageside and somebody stuck their hand out. I shook it and dammit, it was Warren Sapp.
“I was like, ‘Oh, you got me.’”
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