Triad Combat results: Matt Mitrione knocks down Alexander Flores, but loses unanimous decision
UFC and Bellator veteran Matt Mitrion started well and lost late to boxing veteran Alexander Flores, losing by unanimous decision after knocking out his opponent in the second round.
Final scores were 68-64, 67-65 and 68-64 for Flores, who added points to the boxers for the second time on Saturday at Triller Fight Club’s Triad Combat. However, after seven rounds of a fight between Flores and Mitrione in an MMA vs boxing match, the MMA fighters showed 14-6.
In the second round, Mitrione started out confidently with a left hook and a right uppercut, leaving Flores to use the count to 10. He made extensive use of almost every technique available in the modified punching ruleset, even one that turned out to be illegal. In the third, he argued in the middle of the fight with referee Dan Miragliotta after catching one of Flores’ hands behind his back. At the end of the round, he attempted to catch Flores dozing with a rotating fist in return and ended up eating the body shots.
The torso was the preferred target of Flores as his opponent tried to fight his way to victory. The veteran boxer had little time to work in the tiny triangular ring, and Mitrione did not want to spend time in neutral territory.
In the end, Flores got tired of gasping for breath and let Mithrion get it, using his superb timing and speed to tag an oncoming MMA opponent. Towards the end of the fight, the combination sent Mitrione’s mouthpiece flying.
After a night in which MMA fighters showed their elderly boxers in the triangle, Flores’ decision was a departure from the trend.