Ex-Giant Matt Mitrione knocks out MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko

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Matt Mitrione got his start as a professional athlete in the NFL, but he’s had a lot more success in MMA.

Mitrione, who played nine games as a defensive end for the Giants in 2002, earned the biggest win of his pro MMA career on Saturday night when he headlined a Bellator MMA card at Madison Square Garden and knocked out Fedor Emelianenko.

The fight lasted just over a minute and saw Mitrione and Emelianenko knock each other down with simultaneous punches, followed by Mitrione landing several punches on the ground and knocking Emelianenko unconscious. The 40-year-old Emelianenko was once the best fighter in MMA, but he’s now well past his prime.

Mitrione said before the fight that several of his Giants teammates had reached out and said they’d be watching.

“That means a lot to me. It’s a lot of pride. I carry the Big Blue with me all the time,” Mitrione told the New York Post.

The 38-year-old Mitrione has had the most successful career of several former NFL players who have tried MMA. Herschel Walker’s foray into MMA is better known to the general public, but Walker built his 2-0 career MMA record against a couple of hand-picked opponents who were no match for him. Mitrione has built his 12-5 pro record against legitimate opponents.

For big, strong guys who find that they’re not quite good enough to make it in the NFL, MMA gives them a second chance at a career as a professional athlete. Mitrione is making the most of his.

13 responses to “Ex-Giant Matt Mitrione knocks out MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko

  1. Watch Joyce Gracie in the ’93 UFC 1. No rounds, no time limit, no weight classes, no gloves, no rules. That’s real MMA.

  2. He’s a phony… Dude had 4 career tackles, couldn’t make it in the NFL, and now he’s talking like he was Leonard Marshall.

  3. What’s crazy is that most of the posters who claim “barbaric” in terms of MMA….

    Are the ones claiming that the NFL isn’t tough anymore.

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    cakesw says:
    Jun 25, 2017 11:50 AM
    What’s crazy is that most of the posters who claim “barbaric” in terms of MMA….

    Are the ones claiming that the NFL isn’t tough anymore.

    I only see one post using the word “barbaric” and the poster doesn’t say if he thinks barbarism is good or bad. Therefore, the poster can rightfully claim that MMA is barbaric AND argue that football isn’t barbaric enough. What is crazy about it? It makes absolute sense. Your comment, on the other hand, does not support the empty claim it tries to make but does expose your own intellectual integrity as being very weak.

  5. fhvned says:
    Jun 25, 2017 9:41 AM

    “When do we commission a concussion study on MMA?
    One sport is about to end as we know it based on concussion fears, the other states as it’s primary objective trying to concuss your opponent, and it seems to be thriving.

    It’s hard to fathom.

  6. Aaaah yes, the golden days when nobody took the sport seriously and the majority of participating fighters didn’t even know what to do when the fight hit the ground. Riveting stuff.

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