Matt Mitrione bludgeoned, battered, beat and bloodied Christian Moorecraft at UFC Live 4. It wasn't a completely one-sided fight as Morecraft got a couple of take downs, landed some sharp punches standing and acquitted himself well. But it wasn't enough to make it past the second round against Mitrione.
Mitrione tricked Morecraft out of position with a smooth feint to set up a potent left hook. Two more punches filled out the combination and dropped Morecraft. Mitrione knew his man was beaten and walked away from a falling Morecraft before he hit the ground.
Mitrione had dropped Morecraft with a laser-guided left hand in the first round, but Morecraft survived and managed to divert Mitrione into a tussle on the ground for the duration of the round. Mitrione, a former offensive lineman in the NFL. has emerged as something of an unlikely contender in the talent-starved heavyweight division.
I'd love to see Mitrione tested against Dave Herman in a fight or two. The winner would become a high profile contender.