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Mitrione vs. Lewis: Who will be first to a KO finish?

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The second heavyweight main card matchup of UFC fight Night 50 pins Matt “Meathead” Mitrione against Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis. Nobody will be throwing harder leather than these two heavyweights, who are both famous for their knockout power and explosive speed. When it comes down to these heavyweights on the main card, the question is not if, but when one of these fighters will take a KO victory.

Matt “Meathead” Mitrione

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Ultimate Fighter veteran Matt Mitrione Mitrione started his career with a solid string of five victories in a row in the UFC. After two consecutive losses to Cheick Kongo and Roy Nelson, he has been able to win 2 out of 3 of his last fights in the UFC. Mitrione took a TKO victory by punches against Paul De Fries in just 19 seconds in UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi. He got the perfect opportunity for ground and pound after his takedown defense stopped De Fries Dead in his tracks. His submission loss to Brendan Schaub should illustrate the point that Mitrione needs to work on his positioning in the ground game and submission defense in the case that the fight goes to the ground. Mitrione earned a “Performance of the night” win for his KO victory over Shawn Jordan closing in the last second of round 1. The power he demonstrated against Shawn Jordan restored a lot of confidence in his game and he will be riding the wave of his last victory against “The Black Beast.” Expect Mitrione to pursue a quick first-round knockout against Lewis.

Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis

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(Photo: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports)

He doesn’t have “Knock Out King” tattooed on his chest for nothing, “The Black Beast” has earned five consecutive victories all by KO (Three of them in the first round). Lewis’s strong suit and best weapon has been his boxing experience. It’s not only how he survived in his career, but also what saved his life after years of incarceration. His last three fights against Ricky Shivers, Jack May, and Guto Innocente all tell different versions of the same story, Lewis’s fights rarely ever make it to decision. He can hit KO’s quickly in the first round or last to the very end for a knockout opportunity as he did with Ricky Shivers.

The First to KO

Both of these heavyweights prefer a standing battle and love a first round KO finish. It shouldn’t surprise anyone to see the winner of Mitrione vs. Lewis earn a knockout of the night award. Lewis could earn a serious record streak of three knockout finishes if he is successful against Matt Mitrione. Mitrione could move forward as a heavyweight competitor by starting off a solid two fight winning streak. Conditioning and patience will be key between these two heavyweights, because the first round is sure to be a real fire fight. The heavyweight who can last the longest may just be the one who finds the right opportunity,

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Kurt Tellez
Kurt Tellez is a Southern California-based writer and musician. He first developed a passion for writing and literature in high school that carried through to the completion of a B.A. in English from Cal State Fullerton in 2013. Inspired by Joseph Conrad, Emily Dickinson, Alan Moore and Hunter S. Thompson, he has pursued a career in writing through contributions to online magazine publications, blogging, and social media management. His musical studies began at thirteen, and has since played in garage bands, concert bands and jazz bands everywhere from Honolulu to The Matthew Street Beatles Festival in Liverpool. Kurt has followed MMA since becoming an avid listener of the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast. Inspired by Eddie Bravo's appearances on the show, he became a member of Tenth Planet Jiu-Jitsu in 2014.