All dressed up with nowhere to go. That’s the position former “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant Matt Mitrione currently finds himself in after the UFC’s signing of former boxing champion James Toney last week. Reports instantly surfaced that he could make his debut against Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, leaving Mitrione stranded.
Kimbo was originally scheduled to face Mitrione at “UFC 113: Machida vs. Shogun 2″ in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 8th as the bout was verbally announced by UFC president Dana White following UFC 109.
Unfortunately, the scrap was never added to the official event page on UFC.com, which led many to wonder if a Kimbo vs. Toney match was in the works.
“I texted Joe Silva (Thursday) night and asked what was happening, if there was any danger of this being canceled,” Mitrione said to the Las Vegas Sun. “His response was basically that nothing was official and that I should keep preparing — that I’m still fighting in Montreal.”
Although he would accept an opponent change for the May 8th event, Mitrione knows that an opportunity to fight someone with Kimbo’s name recognition would be big for his career, particularly since he expects to collect a resounding win.
“Once I turn his chin and put him to sleep, that would be a great amount of exposure and a great stepping stone for my career,” Mitrione commented.