Matt Mitrione has a date, venue and opponent for his Bellator MMA debut.
The heavyweight known as “Meathead” will square off against Carl Seumanutafa at Bellator 157 "Dynamite 2" on June 24 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The matchup was announced during the Bellator 153 broadcast on Friday night. The promotion’s second "Dynamite" event will feature a catch-weight clash between Quinton Jackson and Satoshi Ishii and will showcase a mix of mixed martial arts and kickboxing bouts.
A cast member on Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Mitrione has spent the entirety of his 14-fight professional career in the Octagon. He exited the Las Vegas-based promotion on the heels of back-to-back losses to Travis Browne and Ben Rothwell, although Mitrione appealed the loss to Browne due to its controversial ending. The former professional football player owns a 9-5 career mark with wins over the likes of Gabriel Gonzaga, Derrick Lewis, Shawn Jordan and Kimbo Slice, to name a few.
Seumanutafa, meanwhile, made his promotional debut at Bellator 148, where he stopped Javy Ayala via technical knockout 3:46 into the second round. “Badwater” is 10-6 over the course of a career that has included appearances in promotions such as Strikeforce, M-1 Challenge and EliteXC. Nine of his triumphs have come by way of knockout or technical knockout.