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Former @Giants player @mattmitrione walks away with the victory tonight at @TheGarden! #BellatorNYC https://t.co/Qmn7hnCCgT2017-6-25 03:59:27
Matt Mitrione may have changed careers, but he recalls his roots.
The former New York Giants defensive tackle faced off against Fedor Emelianenko in the co-main event of Bellator 180 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
It was a short-lived match, with "Meathead" Mitrione and Emelianenko seemingly knocking each other out simultaneously in the first round. Mitrione recovered first and won by knockout.
As he left the mat a victor, Mitrione made sure to put on his old Giants jersey as a shoutout to his past NFL life.
Former light heavyweight champion Phil Davis was on hand to congratulate No. 98:
A Wonderful sight... @PhilMrWonderful congratulating @mattmitrione on his win! #BellatorNYC https://t.co/ZQcLS9OeYy2017-6-25 04:13:01