Although “UFC Fight Night 23: Fight for the Troops” has yet to be officially announced, it hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out matchups. According to MMAFighting.com, a heavyweight scrap between Matt Mitrione and Tim Hague will appear in the January 22nd event.
Mitrione emerged onto the Octagon scene as a contestant on “The Ultimate Fighter 10.” After getting eliminated in the quarterfinals of the tourney, he went on to knock out castmate Marcus Jones in his professional debut. Since that method proved effective, he parlayed that into a TKO win over street fighting sensation Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at UFC 113.
The good times kept on coming for “Meathead,” as he posted an impressive decision win over a resilient Joey Beltran at UFC 119.
Hague, on the other hand, comes back to the UFC after exiting the promotion two fights ago. The former King of the Cage champ went 1-3 in his first Octagon foray, which included a submission win over Pat Barry in his debut. He then suffered losses to Todd Duffee, Chris Tuchscherer and Beltran, respectively.
It appears the event will be taking place at Fort Hood, Texas, as a ‘Fight for the Troops’ show. No official announcement has been made by the world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion at this time.
No other bouts have been rumored for the event, which is expected to air free on Spike TV.