Just minutes after making a successful Bellator debut, Matt Mitrione already has a fight booked.
Mitrione, who recently left the UFC to join Bellator, delivered a first-round knockout in his debut at Friday's Bellator 157, defeating Carl Seumanutafa. However, that victory wasn't flawless, as Seumanutafa dropped Mitrione with a big right hand early in the first round.
Awesome debut for @mattmitrione and now he gets another fight in London! #Dynamite2 pic.twitter.com/WeqLarBVRW— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) June 25, 2016
During his post-fight interview, Mitrione said that he didn't "remember" getting dropped in the fight. Then, Bellator commentator Jimmy Smith went on to announce that Mitrione was going to face former UFC heavyweight Oli Thompson at Bellator 158 on July 16. According to Bellator officials, Mitrione will have to be medically cleared to take the fight.
Thompson will be making his Bellator debut on that card. The 36-year-old Thompson is currently on a five-fight wining streak and is 8-4 since leaving the UFC back in 2012.
Bellator 158 takes place in London, England. Paul Daley vs. Douglas Lima are scheduled to headline the card.
Update: After the main event of Bellator 157 between Rampage Jackson and Satoshi Ishii, Mitrione appeared back on the broadcast and said that he's cleared to fight at Bellator 158, passing all his medical tests.
"I feel great, brother," Mitrione said. "It was a lot of fun, it was a great scrap, and I really look forward to getting back in the cage. I passed all my medicals. Everything is good, and it looks like I'll be getting another opportunity in a couple of weeks."