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Matt Mitrione Wasn’t Excited About Bellator’s Heavyweight Tournament, Thinks He’s Bellator’s Best Heavyweight

November 22, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
Matt Mitrione

– Matt Mitrione recently spoke with MMAjunkie Radio about Bellator’s Heavyweight Tournament. Here are the highlights…

On His Initial Thoughts: “I’m not good at giving political answers, so I’ll give you an honest answer: I wasn’t really excited, to be honest. I think it would have been a true heavyweight grand prix to fill it with heavyweights. I think it would have been even better to do it in the same night. I think that would have been a lot of fun. “But that’s not how it went. I think they chose the most athletic, most exciting guys they have, and I think that’s what the draw of the tournament is.”

On Believing He’s Bellator’s Best Heavyweight: “Yeah, I think I expected it, to be honest,” he said. “I feel like I’m the best heavyweight Bellator has to offer, and I say rather readily that on any given day, I’m the best heavyweight in the world. I had just a couple of missteps (during my UFC career), and it cost me a pretty substantial amount in my name value, but I feel like when it comes down to scrapping, I’m one of the best in the world. So I’m not surprised I’m the favorite. “Then again, in that same breath, we have three light heavyweights and a bloated middleweight. If it was a full-fledged heavyweight grand prix or heavyweight tournament, then I think it might possibly be a little different.”