Matt Mitrione told Fightin' Words earlier this week that he listens to opera and other relaxing music before fights. "I'm hyper enough as it is," he said.
He was completely at ease inside the Octagon in Montreal at UFC 113 as he systematically wore down Kimbo Slice en route to a second-round TKO.
Slice actually had the upper hand earlier in the first round with three big takedowns, but he seemed to tire out as Mitrione worked his improved ground game. Mitrione trained with Eric "Red" Schafer and Pat "HD" Barry at Duke Roufus' camp in Miiwaukee, and it paid off.
As the fans inside the Bell Center chanted "Kim-bo! Kim-bo!," Mitrione remained calm and patient, something we're not used to seeing from the heavyweight nicknamed "Meathead" on Season 10 of "The Ultimate Fighter."
In the second round, Mitrione used leg kicks and jiu-jitsu to wear down Slice and render his stand-up -- Slice's best weapon -- irrelevant. Mitrione sealed the win when he mounted Slice and threw a flurry of punches (they looked soft and tired, however) before referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout.
The Internet will be filled with "I-told-you-sos" about Slice in the next 36 hours, but there's more to it than that. Slice sells tickets. Slice sells pay-per-views. At least for the near future, we'll see more of Slice.
As for Mitrione, he might start to make some noise in what keeps becoming an intriguing heavyweight division.