Originally Posted by Haggis McJackass
Mitrione explains his decision:
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......
I think its totally fair for him to do that. If you're not ready for a fight take your time and wait for the right one, no sense taking a fight when you know you'll get beat to shit.
Unfortunately the keyword here is time. Something he doesn't have, while I understand why he turned it down I also know if that was me I'd be going balls to the walls with that fight. A final make it or break it fight for me.
A win there could have pushed him into limelight. He probably wouldn't have won, but isn't that what this sports about?
If I were a mid 30's fighter looking to do something with my MMA career I would have taken that fight.
Again, I completely understand why he didn't take the fight though. He just needs to realize calling out Jackson isn't going to make a name for him.