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Matt Mitrione gets ready for UFC Fight Night 23!

January 18th, 2011


Merrillville Womens Boxing and Kickboxing

Merrillville , Indiana (IN) -- Undefeated UFC fighter Matt Mitrione has been training at the Carlson Gracie Team MMA Merrillville gym for UFC Fight Night 23 this coming Saturday night.  Mitrione (3-0) will face his toughest opponent to date in Tim Hague (12-4) as he makes a statement about his position in the UFC's stacked heavyweight division.

Mitrione started his athletic career in the NFL as a defensive tackle with the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings. In 2006 he made the transition to MMA jumping in at the highest level with a debut on The Ultimate Fighter Season 10.  After a strong showing in the reality series, Mitrione has gone on to reel off three straight wins with two coming by way of knock out including a win over notable MMA fighter Kimbo Slice.

Mitrione's manager recommended he train with Carlson Gracie Team MMA - Merrillville Coaches Steve Colon and David Maldonado to prepare for his UFC fight against Joey Beltran last September.  The end result was Matt Mitrione with the decision win in a war that earned Fight of the Night honors.

'Matt came here to work on his Wrestling and to get sparring time in with some of our guys to help him prepare', said Coach Steve Colon. 'He liked the energy we had and the feel of the room.  After the win against Beltran, he wanted to make us part of his training camp for every one of his fights.'

Coach Jeff Neal added, 'The depth of the camps we can provide to fighters at Matt's level are unmatched in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area.  We have a complete package including a deep pool of training partners to pull from and experts in every discipline required to be a well rounded Mixed Martial Artist at the highest professional level.'

Regardless of whether Saturday night's fight ends in another brutal knock out or a brutal three round war, the training camp that Mitrione has but together will have him will prepared to come out on top!

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