On a football playoff weekend, former NFL player Matt Mitrione shined, TKOing Tim Hague in the co-main event of Fight for the Troops at Ft. Hood on Saturday.
Mitrione dropped Hague early in the second round, then finished the job with a straight left. Mitrione jumped on top of Hague and delivered hammer fists until referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the bout at 2:59 in the first round.
"I wanted to be a 260-lb. Dominick Cruz," Mitrione said of his quick movement throughout the bout, referring the the UFC bantamweight champion who is known for his outstanding movement. "I want to get tested. I want to fight. I want to get that piece of gold."
Mitrione has steadily improved since his time on the 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter." He now has four straight wins in the UFC. Hague was fighting in the Octagon again after taking two fights outside of the UFC.