Philip De Fries Meets Matt Mitrione in Heavyweight Confrontation at UFC 155 in Las Vegas



An expected UFC on FX 5 booking between Matt Mitrione and Rob Broughton has been scrapped in favor of a UFC 155 showdown between Mitrione and Philip De Fries.

De Fries announced the new pairing Friday via Facebook and Twitter after Mitrione revealed Thursday that his fight with Broughton had been canceled. This marks the second time a meeting between Broughton and Mitrione has been called off, as they had initially been slated to battle at UFC on Fox 4 earlier this month before the bout was nixed due to visa issues. The reason for Broughton’s recent withdrawal is unknown.

UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 at a to-be-announced venue in Las Vegas. The show’s main draw airs live on pay-per-view and is expected to feature a light heavyweight showdown between Forrest Griffin and Chael Sonnen, as well as a lightweight scrap pitting Joe Lauzon against Gray Maynard.

De Fries, 26, has gone 2-1 in the UFC, recently rebounding from his first career defeat to submit fellow Brit Oli Thompson on Aug. 4 at UFC on Fox 4. The grappler made his Octagon debut against Broughton this past November, taking a unanimous decision from “The Bear” at UFC 138 before suffering a first-round knockout defeat to Stipe Miocic at February’s UFC on Fuel TV 1.

Mitrione has not competed since dropping a unanimous decision to Cheick Kongo at UFC 137 this past October. Prior to that setback, “Meathead” had won his first five professional contests, earning stoppage victories over Tim Hague and Christian Morecraft last year. A former NFL player, Mitrione, 34, owns four of his five victories by way of knockout.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

The UFC’s first card of 2015 continues to expand with the addition of a new bantamweight bout between Marcus Brimage and Stipe Miocic teammate Cody Garbrandt. Filed under: MMA Rumors, News, UFC read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 10 views

LAS VEGAS – Sergio Pettis had some anxious moments against a game Matt Hobar, but continued to show glimpses of his potential. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 9 views

LAS VEGAS - Sergio Pettis got UFC 181's brother act off to a solid start. The 21-year old bantamweight, whose older brother Anthony defends his title against Gilbert Melendez in the co-main event Sat read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 2 views

LAS VEGAS – Anthony Pettis, Josh Samman, Sergio Pettis and Matt Hobar each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 181 event.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 9 days ago
  • 70 views

Matt Mitrione has never been your typical UFC heavyweight, so it’s no surprise that the usual pre-fight trash-talk has been replaced with serenading. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 200 views

UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione bears no ill will toward Gabriel Gonzaga, but that shouldn’t come as a shock.Filed under: News, Radio Highlight, UFC read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 3 views

LAS VEGAS -- UFC heavyweight Shane Del Rosario died almost exactly one year ago on Dec. 9, 2013. His presence is still felt perpetually at his beloved gym, Team Oyama in Irvine, Calif. The program's read news >>

  • 5 days ago
  • 0 views

LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie’s Ben Fowlkes recently caught up with UFC veteran Roy Nelson to preview this weekend’s big heavyweight fights.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

  • 4 days ago
  • 16 views

This is the UFC on FOX 13 live blog for Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Matt Mitrione, a heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday nightGonzaga, who has won read news >>