Though former NFL lineman Matt Mitrione improved his record to 4-0 this past weekend with a dominating first-round TKO of Tim Hague at Fight Night 23, it turns out the TUF 10 alumnus may have actually exited the Octagon in worse shape than the opponent he’d just rendered defenseless in three minutes. According to information released by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, at some point in the beatdown Mitrione apparently injured a finger on his left hand and now faces an indefinite suspension until the injury has been cleared by an orthopedist.
News of the suspension was first reported by MMAJunkie.
In addition to “Meathead”, four other fighters will be sidelined for medical reasons beyond the standard 8-10 day period issued to all the evening’s competitors. Those exceeding the precautionary break include Hague, Willamy Freire, George Roop, and headliner Evan Dunham.
Dunham, like Roop and Hague, will be out of action for at least a month after being TKO’d at the “Fight for the Troops” event. Meanwhile, Freire received a sentence similar to Mitrione’s due to hand and cheek injuries resulting from his bout with takedown-specialist Waylon Lowe and must also receive a physician’s clearance before returning to the ring.
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