Bellator heavyweight star Matt Mitrione claimed that Joe Silva a former UFC matchmaker who he accuses of lying to him about the cage size in his first bout with Roy Nelson, even claiming he kicked him because of it.
Matt “Meathead’ Mitrione is slated to take on Roy Nelson in the first-round of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix on February 17, 2018.
Mitrione lost the bout via TKO in a first-round to veteran Nelson at The Ultimate Fighter 16 (TUF) Finale on December 2012 in Las Vegas. The heavyweight accepted the fight as a substitute after Shane Carwin dropped out, but claims that Silva lied to him about the cage size.
Matt was recently speaking to MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):
“One hundred percent, [Joe Silva lied about the cage]. Because they know I won’t take a fight in that small cage. That’s one of the reasons why, I would always tell them, ‘what cage is it in?’, ‘we don’t know what it is yet.’ How can you tell me that’s something you don’t know, when I’m the most mobile heavyweight, and I’m actively saying I don’t want to fight in the small cage? ‘We don’t know what it is until we figure out the venue. We just know the date.’ That’s some bullsh-t man. That’s the reason why I kicked him — if you go back and watch the film, I kicked Joe Silva in the stomach right after the [Roy Nelson] fight. I literally threw a bodykick and kicked him in the stomach. He’s like ‘Matt I had gall bladder surgery,’ you shouldn’t have lied to me then.”
Joe Silva was speaking to MMA Fighting, to clear up the accusations. The former UFC chief matchmaker Silva retired last year after a distinguished career which dated back to the late 1990s. Silva claims that he would never have lied about anything like that and that if he was wrong, it was no fault of his own.
“I would not lie about such a thing,” Silva said. “There’s no reason to. I’ve never heard anyone use the excuse the cage was smaller as to why they lost. It’s not impossible they made a mistake shipping the wrong Octagon. It’s not impossible they could have given me the wrong information. I don’t even remember this incident in the first place; there was so much going on. But in a situation like that, I would get that information from the people who know and pass it on. To say I lied says I did it with intention. Even if I knew the dimensions, with everything we had going on, with so many shows and so many fights to make and so many guys falling out, if I was this evil genius, why would I go out of my way to stick it to Matt Mitrione of all things?”
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