Former NFL defensive lineman Matt Mitrione wiped out Tim Hague in a heavyweight match on Saturday at UFC Fight for the Troops 2 at Fort Hood, outside Killeen, Tex.
Mitrione (4-0) did not win the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, but he is turning out to be one of the success stories from that campaign, showing vast improvement with each bout and extending his undefeated professional record. He knocked down Hague (12-5) in the early going with a big left, and did the same with the same first later in the first round, hitting Hague on the chin with a straight punch.
Hague went down and covered up from Mitrione’s ground strikes, which quickly brought an end to the match, a second short of three minutes in.
“I wanted to be like a 260-pound Dominick Cruz,” Mitrione said of the UFC bantamweight (135-pound) champion, who is known for his amazing footwork and elusiveness. “I think Tim’s a good fighter, but I want to get tested. I’m in here to get the gold.”
With the impressive win, Mitrione could see the class significantly raised when he faces his next opponent.
Hague returned to the UFC after a 1-3 stint, having earned successive wins over Mitrione’s TUF 10 castmate, Zak Jensen, and veteran Travis Wiuff.