ByJustin Golightly, writer at
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Matt Mitrione is about to fight one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time, the legendary sweater owner, Fedor Emelianenko, at Bellator 180. Based on his super chill disposition, you'd never know it. Maybe that's just how Mitrione is in his natural habitat of danger, or it could be that he gets his pent up aggression out through comedy and kicking the legs off of journalists. Okay, maybe a little bit of both.

"Feels like another day, man. I don't get worked up over stuff like that. Cool. Awesome. Sounds great. Hey, why don't you fight the best of all time, ever, ever, ever? Sweet! When can we do it? Before fights, I'm sleeping on the ground. I'm a competitor. It's what I do. I don't have to get worked up. Before I'm going to walk into a fight, I'm just like this." — Matt Mitrione talking to Duane Finley of FloCombat.

The two highlights of this interview? How laid back is and Duane Finley intermittently wincing in pain throughout the conversation. It doesn't matter if the fight was for the Bellator heavyweight title — even if it probably should be — or for the Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory, Mitrione treats it like a walk in the park. We wonder if he sneaks up on unsuspecting conversations while doing that as well.


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