Matt Mitrione’s Bellator debut comes on June 24 “Dynamite 2” card against Carl Seumanutafa

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Matt Mitrione

Matt Mitrione’s Bellator debut is set for the organization’s “Dynamite 2” event, as it was announced on Friday that he’ll take on Carl Seumanutafa on the June 24 event on Spike from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Mitrione, a former NFL player who entered professional MMA through the heavyweight season of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike, returns to the network for the first time since 2011, and takes his first pro fight outside of the UFC’s Octagon. The 37-year-old’s entire career to date has taken place in the UFC, where he posted a 9-5 run over a six year stretch. He lost his last two fights, though he’s filed an appeal and complaint regarding his most recent loss to Travis Browne.

With Bellator offering a much higher guaranteed purse rather than the contingent-on-winning offer given him by the UFC, Mitrione made the switch last month, and now takes on the 10-6 Seumanutafa, who stopped Jaya Ayala in his Bellator debut in January.

The “Dynamite 2” event will be headlined by the catchweight bout between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Satoshi Ishii.

[Photo (c) Bob DeChiara via USA Today Sports]

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