Matt Mitrione could make a quick turnaround following his victory over Carl Seumanutafa on Friday night, as “The Ultimate Fighter 10” veteran has already been booked against Oli Thompson at Bellator 158 on July 16.
The heavyweight matchup was announced following Mitrione’s first-round knockout over Seumanutafa at Bellator 157. “Meathead” rallied from an early knockdown to put his foe away with a big standing-to-ground right hand 3:22 into the period. The triumph ended a two-fight skid for Mitrione, who signed a multi-bout deal with the California-based promotion earlier this year.
While the bout was announced in the cage following Mitrione's victory on Friday night, Bellator officials confirmed that his participation in the event is contingent upon receiving medical clearance to compete on July 16. For now, the matchup is not official. During a post-fight interview, Mitrione admitted that he did not remember being knocked down by Seumanutafa.
Bellator 158 takes place at the O2 Arena in London and his headlined by a welterweight clash pitting Paul Daley against Douglas Lima. The evening’s main card, which also includes a 170-pound showdown between Michael Page and Evangelista Santos, airs on Spike TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.
Mitrione owns a 10-5 career mark. Prior to Bellator 157, the Indiana native had exclusively competed under the UFC banner. The 37-year-old owns notable triumphs over the likes of Gabriel Gonzaga, Derrick Lewis, Shawn Jordan and Kevin Ferguson in the Octagon.
Thompson, meanwhile, will make his promotional debut on a five-fight winning streak. The English strongman last competed at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye on New Year’s Eve, where he scored a first-round TKO over Fernando Rodrigues Jr. The 36-year-old heavyweight is 17-8 over the course of his career, with 13 triumphs coming inside the distance.