The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 alum Matt “Meathead” Mitrione raised his UFC and professional MMA record both to 3-0 over the weekend by defeating Joey “The Mexicutioner” Beltran via unanimous decision at UFC 119. During his post-fight speech, Mitrione declared to the viewing public (his bout was one of two broadcast live on Spike TV) that he was firing his manager Malki Kawa. He later explained in an interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani that he was prompted to let Kawa go on the grounds that he didn’t bring in enough sponsorship money for a live TV appearance. Kawa addressed the accusations as well as his public dismissal in a recent conversation with MMAJunkie.com.
“He’s a great guy,” Kawa said of Mitrione. “He just doesn’t understand how it should get done, and I didn’t get the chance to sit down and operate with him the way I normally would with anybody else.”
Kawa addressed each issue brought up by Mitrione during an interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani directly after the fight and would like a chance to clear up what he believes to be a miscommunication by speaking to “Meathead” directly.
“If he’s willing to take the call and talk it out like two men, I’d be more than happy to do so,” Kawa said. “I like Matt. I just don’t think he understood what was going on. Unfortunately for me, I should have called him before the fight and talked about it. I think that’s why I’m disappointed in all of this. … It’s not like I had three months to sit down and work on a deal for him, the way I do for Jon Jones, Thiago Alves, Carlos Condit and my other guys. He can call any of my fighters, and they’ll all tell him they made the most money with me. I look forward to working with them again if the opportunity arises.”
Apparently, Kawa and Mitrione have had that discussion and things seem to have gone well. Kawa, who is associated with First Round management, tweeted earlier: “So me and @mattmitrione had a nice talk. Things seem to have taken a different turn….#meathead.”
No news yet on exactly what that means for the business relationship between Kawa and Mitrione but it certainly seems to be a statement indicative of a reconciliation.