If last year's loss to Cheick Kongo was a speed bump in Matt Mitrione's road to the top of the heavyweight ladder, Saturday night's knockout loss to Roy Nelson may have been the proverbial brick wall.
Initially, Mitrione looked good in the early goings of the fight, landing punches and elbows from the inside. However, standing inside the pocket too long proved to be "Meathead's" undoing as his poor decision ended up costing him a face full of fists.
Now riding a two-fight losing streak after going a perfect 5-0 to kick off his MMA career, like the show that landed him a spot in the UFC, it's win or go home for the TUF alum in his next outing. Mitrione needs to take home a victory in his next fight in order to stave off the often pink slip-inducing three-fight losing streak.
Here are five fights that Mitrione should consider to take next in order to better his chances at a return to the win column.