UFC Heavyweight Matt Mitrione has dropped his last two fights, and he is very well aware of what that means. Less than a month ago, UFC President Dana White told the media the promotion was facing close to 100 cuts, and followed suit 4 days later with dropping sixteen fighters. Mitrione has Phil De Fries in front of him heading into UFC On Fuel TV 9: Gustafsson Vs Mousasi on Saturday in Sweden, and with a loss he could find himself without a contract.
He told Bleacher Report:
“Oh, for sure there is pressure and my head is definitely on the chopping block here,”said Mitrione. “I don’t know if it will get cut off or not, or the UFC will pull a Dan Hardy and keep me around, but if I lose then I’m definitely subject to being cut. And I acknowledge that.
“That is not any additional pressure but it is a realization that I could get cut if I lose. I pride myself with being as honest with myself as possible, and this is a situation where there definitely is peril if I lose this fight. But I’m not going to lose, so I’m not worried about it.
“There are some things I look forward to, and this fight is definitely one of them. My head is on the chopping block, there is a little bit of pressure on externally, and let’s go out there and see what I got. Let’s go out there and see what happens, baby.
“I’m no spring chicken and everybody knows that. I started late in the game and I’ve been in the UFC for three and a half years now; it’s time for me to do something. I have seven fights under my belt and it’s sink or swim now. It’s s— or get off the pot. It’s go time right now and either I do it or I don’t.”