Matt Mitrione has shown an incredible leap in talent since his time on The Ultimate Fighter.
The former member of the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, Mitrione is 5-0, including knockout wins over Marcus Jones, Kimbo Slice, Tim Hague and Christian Morecraft.
Yet, he doesn’t feel completely comfortable with his standing in the UFC.
“I want them to not fire me,” said Mitrione, in an interview with MMAjunkie.com recently. “That’s what I’m most concerned about. I want to have job security. After I beat Cheick (Kong), cool, let me get one more fight on the contract, and I’ll be good.”
Mitrione and Kongo (16-6-2) are slated to meet October 29 at UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Condit in Las Vegas. The bout will be featured on the main card.
After exiting the TUF house, “Meathead” has trained with both Roufusport and Xtreme Couture to further advance his skills.
Kongo, though, will present the greatest challenge to Mitrione’s young MMA career.
“Cheick is salty. That’s going to be a real test for me. But honestly, I’m excited,” Mitrione said. “That’s why I started fighting. I want to be test. I want to see how tough I am or how tough I’m not.”
Kongo is 5-2-1 in his last eight UFC bouts, including a devastating knockout of Mitrione’s close friend, Pat Barry, this past June.
“I don’t take Cheick lightly,” Mitrione said. “I’m just going to try and punch him in the face. I’m going to punch him. I’m going to kick him. If he wants to go to the ground, I’ll do my best to submit him. I can tell you where it’s not going: it’s not going to a decision. Either I’m going to sleep or he’s going to sleep or getting submitted. It’s one of the two.
“But I’m telling you, we’re going to dance the dance, that’s for sure.”