Third UFC/Ultimate Fighter Star On Rumors Of WWE Interest

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Roy Nelson, Shonie Carter — they’re all clearly interested in pursuing a career in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Matt Mitrione, on the other hand, is not. And quite frankly, he isn’t sure why you think he is.

A rumor began circulating around the MMA world following Mitrione’s win over Joey Beltran at UFC 119 that the former NFL player turned MMA fighter was going to cut short his promising fighting career to pursue a life as pro wrestler.

Not so, says Mitrione.

"That’s such a weird situation that my name got thrown in the mix, and then after that, that Pat Barry’s name got thrown in the mix," Mitirone said on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour. "Like, why is my training camp getting assaulted by the WWF people, man?"

When reminded that the current name of the wrestling promotion is WWE, not WWF, Mitrione said:

"I would much rather be leaving the UFC to go to the [World] Wildlife Foundation (ed. note: it’s actually called the World Wildlife Fund) than I would be to pseudo-fighters."

Mitrione said he had no idea who started the rumor of his career change.

"It might be all the dramatics I put on the show, plus I am kind of a weird cat," he hypothesized. "I don’t know, man.

" … But I will tell you this much: I think Pat Barry and I would make one hell of a tag team wherever we’re going," Mitrione said jokingly.

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