Mitrione explains his decision:
Originally Posted by Meathead Mitrione
"It was an honor to get that call, and I would love to fight Daniel Cormier, but I'm just not ready right now. He has Olympic level wrestling, and although I have spent a great deal of time working on my wresting, I don't feel it would be my best fight back after such a long layoff. UFC worked hard to get me a fight this year, but my old opponent had visa issues and it caused additional time out of the cage. Wrestling is, by far, my weakest skill. I'm working hard on my wrestling, but it would be a huge weakness against me in a short notice fight against Cormier.”
I couldn't stand Mitrione when I first saw him on TUF, but he has grown on me. And what he says there is right.
Still, dude IS in his mid-30s, and his career has really stalled out......