Well friends, UFC 119 is almost upon us and what a card it is. You've got Frank Mir vs. Mirko Cro Cop, Chris Lytle fighting Matt Serra, Ryan Bader knocking out Rogerio Nogueira in my prediction of that fight, and Melvin Guillard finally going up against Jeremy Stephens.
On the prelims, CB Dollaway will face Joe Doerksen and Joey Beltran will face Matt Mitrione.
Now not much is known about Joey Beltran because he's still new to the UFC, and Mitrione has only beaten Kimbo Slice and Marcus Jones, so this fight doesn't really appear as good as it actually is, but I think Mitrione is an underrated heavyweight and Beltran is also a tough guy.
Actually, the fight I propose has nothing to do with Beltran, but I would like to bring up Mitrione.
He's beaten two guys in his career, and Beltran will be the third fight in the books after UFC 119, but let's go wild for a second because there is one fight with Mitrione that I think would be an awesome fight as well as a defining moment for the career of Meathead.
So agree to disagree on this one and call me whatever you want for this, but could you imagine if the unthinkable happened, and Mitrione not only fought Fedor Emelianenko, but he knocked him out?
I actually find that possible, even for a guy like Mitrione, but hear me out before you go nuts about this.
First, I must stress the truth that I'm nothing like the ex-fans of Fedor who turned on him after Fabricio Werdum choked him out.
Honestly, I never cared for Fedor.
Don't get me wrong, he has fought former UFC Heavyweight Champions like Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, but who else has he beaten besides Brett Rogers?
I don't see a Frank Mir or a Randy Couture on his record, so for anyone to say he was ever the "pound-for-pound best heavyweight in the world", it doesn't make sense.
How can you be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world if you don't fight the best fighters in the world, which are in the UFC?
Also, if we're talking about a fight with Meathead, we do have to go to the Werdum fight to see that even if Fedor threw a hook or an uppercut, the Duke Roufus boy's Jiu-Jitsu could come into play once it hit the ground.
Fedor would be the more experienced fighter, but I also have to doubt that even the more experienced Fedor would have an edge against Mitrione, who has shown some improved stand-up from his time on The Ultimate Fighter's Heavyweights-only season, and I feel this stand-up is going to keep on improving.
Honestly, it wouldn't surprise me if even the stand-up game Mitrione has now was enough to TKO Fedor at least.
That loss Fedor suffered proved what all of us should've kept in mind from the start: Fedor is a man, and on any day, a man can be beaten even if he's the best.
I say he may not ever truly be considered the best until he joins the UFC, but that's just my opinion.
My opinion is also that if Brock Lesnar can beat Randy Couture after having only three professional career bouts, then what would be to say that Fedor couldn't get knocked out by a right hand or even a head kick from Mitrione, as I could see happening?
Sure, Mitrione could get knocked out by Fedor, but it would prove that while Fedor could be a UFC Heavyweight that is still a healthy and still promising fighter, it's still questionable whether or not he could deliver when it counted, which would be against an elite top-ten UFC Heavyweight.
Again, this is just my opinion. Now, for the signature question:
What do you guys think of this fight?
Agree to disagree, but I think a Matt Mitrione-Fedor Emelianenko fight would be a fun fight to watch.
It'd be so much fun, that I actually don't see the obvious favorite winning this fight, but maybe he does win the fight.
What do you guys think -- does Matt Mitrione have any shot to do what few have done and knock Fedor out?
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