-UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione talks to Steph Daniels at BloodyElbow.com regarding why he turned down a fight with Daniel Cormier in Strikeforce.
Penick's Analysis: UFC President Dana White ripped into Mitrione over the weekend for turning this fight down, but this is just another case of a fighter doing what they felt was right for themselves and their career. Mitrione going into Strikeforce and pulling off an upset over Cormier would have been surprising, but it wasn't the type of "opportunity" that would have vaulted him up the ladder in the heavyweight division. Cormier would have been the highest ranked fighter Mitrione had yet faced, but he wouldn't necessarily have been the highest profile fight he's had, and the risks out-weighed the benefits for him when the fight was presented. He has been out of action for a long time, and he clearly felt Cormier represented a very bad fight for him at this stage in his career. White may not like fighters looking out for themselves first, but that's what Mitrione did here, and he wasn't necessarily wrong to do so.