Matt Lindland

Lindland Exposes Bodog Fight


Matt Lindland weighs-in for UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

We all now know that after almost a year of inactivity, former UFC middleweight title contender Matt Lindland will return to action inside the confines of a new but currently unknown mixed martial arts promotion after signing a multi-fight contract with the organization.

Speculation suggests popular clothing company Affliction, which had recently been rumored to have been in conflict with the Ultimate Fighting Championship after deciding to start their own promotion, is behind the deal as well as Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

However that’s only half the story. Why didn’t Lindland fight for months? Apparently Bodog Fight isn’t as innocent as they make themselves out to be…

From MMA Weekly:

“I lived up to my end of the bargain (with Bodog Fight),” Lindland said in a recent interview. “I haven’t fought since April, anticipating two more fights with Bodog. I was exclusive with them for that period of time. That’s why I hadn’t done any negotiations outside of that contract. I was upholding my end of the bargain and dealing with them with integrity and honesty. I was being forthright, but they weren’t doing such. It was very difficult.”

“I mean, I could go after Bodog Fight, but they have no assets,” Lindland continued. “They set up these shell companies and they’re not paying their fighters. They don’t honor their contracts. It was very disappointing.”

After realizing that he wouldn’t be fighting twice more before the end of his contract, Lindland asked to be bought out. That didn’t work either.

Bodog now just gets added to a list that includes the IFL, UFC, EliteXC, and the old PRIDE as organizations that fighters have accused of treating their fighters like shit. At the same token, there are many other fighters involved with those promotions that have nothing but positive things to say about them.

I guess at this point, we have to chalk it up to the experience a certain fighter has with an organization.

Lindland Signs with Unknown New Promotion


Matt Lindland weighs-in for UFC 52: Couture vs Liddell II. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

After almost a year of inactivity, former UFC middleweight title contender Matt Lindland will return to action inside the confines of a new but currently unknown mixed martial arts promotion after signing a multi-fight contract with the organization.

The news comes from MMA Weekly, which speculates that popular clothing company Affliction, which had recently been rumored to have been in conflict with the Ultimate Fighting Championship after deciding to start their own promotion, is behind the deal as well as Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

We already rule out two organizations according to Lindland: DREAM and the UFC.

“I’ve never talked to DREAM,” Lindland said in the report. “I actually did sign a contract Friday with another company though. Everybody makes a big deal about not fighting in the UFC. I can tell you, I signed a contract and my first fight I’m going to make more than I made in like six fights in the UFC. The most I ever made in the UFC with the win bonus and the show money was $36,000.”

Lindland last fought in April of last year, submitting to heavyweight king in a controversial Bodog Fight bout. He became the number one contender to Rich Franklin’s UFC middleweight belt in 2005 only to be released from the organization due to a violation of his contract.

Since his departure, Lindland has racked up a record of 5-2 and has coached the Portland Wolfpack of the IFL for the past two years.

UFC 81: Breaking Point Thoughts and Notes

Some thoughts and notes from this past weekend’s UFC 81: Breaking Point.

I was right and wrong

I did pretty well in the predictions department. I knew going into the fight that Tim Sylvia was going to give Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fits and that’s exactly what happened. However Nogueira has been tough to finish off all throughout his career and this fight didn’t turn out to be any different. No shame in losing for Sylvia. He hung in there with one of the best heavyweights in history.

I had a feeling that if Brock Lesnar was going to be submitted, it might have been by way of a leg lock/kneebar. Wrestlers always have been notorious for being too stationary with their legs while posturing up and working some ground and pound although a lot of fighters don’t really take advantage of it. It just goes to show how intelligent of a ground specialist Frank Mir is to keep his composure while getting pounded and still be able to pull off a smart move.

The only fight I took issue with was Rob Emerson’s split decision over Keita Nakamura. I actually thought that the fight was dead even at the end. I thought that Nakamura won the third round convincingly and that the first round was even.

More thoughts on the fights

Marvin Eastman surprised me while Tim Boetsch did not. While Eastman’s fight against Terry Martin wasn’t necessarily the most exciting, I was a tad happy to see that Eastman was able to take some power shots and still stay on his feet. Boetsch did exactly what I thought he would do against an average fighter in my opinion in David Heath.

Ricardo Almeida, Tyson Griffin, and Chris Lytle all did what I thought they would do. I talked to someone after the event who truly thought that Tibau beat Griffin, which is absurd. I wasn’t expecting that quick of a stoppage from Lytle but a stoppage win nonetheless. What’s going on with Jeremy Horn? I’ll have a piece on him up later today.

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Looking Back at the Sportsbook Fiasco

This isn’t even close to the complete story, just bits and pieces that I was able to find here and there that may or may not be completely accurate, but what appears to be the best information out there.

I think everyone by now has heard how wearing a Sportsbook.com shirt at the UFC 54 weigh-ins ended up in the UFC releasing Matt Lindland from his contract at a time where he was widely known as the number one contender for Rich Franklin’s then-UFC middleweight title.

At the time those type of sponsor-fighter relationships were said to be prohibited by the UFC. Or was it just Sportsbook that was prohibited? Maybe just online gambling sites?

After all Dana White has called Calvin Ayre a criminal in the past for his dealings in online gambling. Sportsbook’s CEO Peter Dicks was arrested in 2006 on charges of racketeering, conspiracy and fraud, the same reasons why Ayre can not step foot inside the United States according to some.

Did Dana know something that made him think twice before allowing his fighters to be sponsored by online gambling sites? Did an event occur that made White change his mind about them? If something did, it may have been the Sportsbook/Team Quest scandal that occurred in the early months of 2005.

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They Never Came to Fruition

After watching UFC 79 and hearing all of the discussion about how Matt Hughes and Matt Serra were originally supposed to fight but Serra pulled out with an injury, I got to thinking. It wasn’t the first time that a situation like that occurred.

So I sat down and did some research. There were actually a good number of fights in the UFC that were signed and slated to happen but ended up not taking place for one reason or another. The final number was a lot higher than I expected so I went ahead and narrowed the list down to the fights that would have been the best if they were to happen at the time.

So here they are. I’ve sorted them starting with the most recent and excluding Hughes-Serra. Each instance is pretty interesting.

Evan Tanner vs Jeremy Horn (UFC 59): The two long-time MMA veterans were set to clash at UFC 59 in what was unofficially an “elimination” bout for the two of them. Horn had split his two return bouts in the UFC while Tanner had lost two straight, including his middleweight title. The bout would have been an interesting chess match between two slick grapplers but Horn ended up pulling out after injuring his back during training. Justin Levens replaced Horn and Tanner went on to submit Levens in the first round of their bout. Horn was released shortly after defeating Chael Sonnen at UFC 60.

Matt Hughes vs Karo Parisyan (UFC 56): After losing to Georges St. Pierre at UFC 46, Parisyan went ahead and racked up three straight wins over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, and Matt Serra to earn a title shot against then-champion Matt Hughes. The anticipated welterweight showdown was set to headline the event until Parisyan was forced to pull out of the fight after suffering an elbow injury during training. Joe Riggs stepped in for Parisyan and ended up failing to make weight, costing him his shot at the title. Hughes would go on to submit Riggs in a non-title bout and wouldn’t defend his belt again until UFC 63, making it over a full year since the welterweight title was contested. To this day, Parisyan is still yearning for another shot at the title.

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Lindland, White Discuss Possible Return

Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that former UFC middleweight contender Matt Lindland and UFC President Dana White met last week in Las Vegas to discuss the potential of Lindland returning to the company after a two-year hiatus.

According to Iole, Lindland met with White after cornering fellow Team Quest member Chael Sonnen in his middleweight title fight against Paulo Filho:

After the bout, he said he’d spoken to White about returning to fight in the UFC. White said he is “not sure” of whether Lindland will return. In a text message, he wrote, “He told me he wants to come back and I haven’t thought about it at all.”

Lindland became the number one contender to Rich Franklin’s middleweight belt in 2005 only to be released from the UFC due to a violation of his contract.

Since his departure, Lindland has racked up a record of 5-2 and has coached the Portland Wolfpack of the IFL for the past two years.

I know that I’m not the only one who would love to see Lindland back in the UFC. His return would give the middleweight division a huge kick in the ass and is definitely the kind of thing that the UFC is looking for these days. Hopefully White and company will welcome him back with open arms.

Sportfight Presents Seasons Beatings on Dec 22

Sportfight founder and Ultimate Fighting and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland teams up with Mark Cuban and HDNet to bring yet another night of exciting mixed martial arts fights to the Rose Garden on Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 PM.

“I am excited to be working with Mark Cuban and HDNet Fights as they are doing huge things,” said Lindland, President of Sportfight, LLC., “They are a first-class organization and all of us at Sportfight are thrilled they are on board for what promises to be a fantastic event.” “We are excited to partner with Matt Lindland and Sportfight,” said Mark Cuban, Preident and co-founder of HDNet. “This is a significant step forward for HDNet Fights.”

Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights said, “We are excited to show the rest of the world what Portland already knows. There is great MMA action in Sportfight and we are proud to partner with Matt on this awesome fight card. This is the just the start of a very productive partnership.”

Sportfight XXI: Seasons Beatings features a collection of Oregon’s top Mixed Martial Arts athletes and veterans of some of the world’s premiere combat sports organizations, including the UFC, Bodogfight, the International Fight League and now HDNet Fights.

In the main event: Sportfight Welterweight Champion Ed Nuno looks to defend his Sportfight title against talented newcomer Michael Pierce (4-0). Pierce is coming of a 4 second KO in his last appearance at the Rose Garden. Nuno a long standing fixture in Sportfight represents the Gresham-based Team Quest Fight Club, the nation’s preeminent mixed martial arts training facility and holds a perfect (3-0) pro record.

In the Co-Main-Event: Heavyweights look to claim the vacant title once held by UFC HW contender Jeff Monson (Pictures) as Jeremiah Constant (6-2) of Team Quest takes on Lion’s Den fighter Josh Queen (9-0)

BodogFight Presents: SportFight 20

Mixed martial arts powerhouse Bodog Fight is teaming up with an organization founded by two of the biggest names in the sport.

Bodog Fight will sponsor the next event by Oregon-based SportFight, an up-and-coming MMA promotion founded by Team Quest marvels Randy “The Natural” Couture and Matt “The Law” Lindland.

Bodog Fight Presents: SportFight 20, The Homecoming will take place October 27 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The co-main events will feature Bodog Fight’s Chael Sonnen (20-8-1) and Kyacey “Ice Cold” Uscola (13-9) in a middleweight bout, and a welterweight battle between Chris “The Professor” Wilson (13-3) and Derrick Noble (22-9-1).
“We are delighted to be working with SportFight,” said Bodog Fight’s billionaire creator Calvin Ayre. “Joining forces will allow us to bring some of the world’s best mixed martial arts fighters to fans in the Portland area.”

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Back to the Future: Strikeforce Style

It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these. I guess potential fight matchups haven’t been coming out in huge bunches lately.

Apparently a lot of news has come out of Strikeforce’s latest show at the Playboy Mansion this past weekend. The promotion announced that signing of Renato “Babalu” Sobral but that wasn’t all that was revealed courtesy of Gary Herman at 15 Rounds.

Sobral has told Herman that Strikeforce has also inked former UFC Heavyweight Champion Kevin Randleman and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos to contracts. Sobral stated that he would like to fight either of the two:

Sobral signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce.

“Strikeforce is a very strong organization. They are bringing in a lot of good fighters in my weight class,” said Sobral.

According to Sobral, two other fighters headed to Strikeforce are Kevin “Monster” Randleman and Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. Sobral has his sights set on both of the former Pride Fighting Championship competitors.

“I’d like to fight both Randleman and Cyborg,” Sobral said.

Sobral also stated that he expects to fight in December.

Frank Shamrock says that he expects to be back in action at some point next spring.

After Daniel Puder’s victory Saturday night, he went over and challenged K-1 veteran Bob Sapp:

“After the match, I went and told Bob Sapp I want to fight him,” Puder said.

Puder said that Sapp was more than willing to accept the challenge.

“Sapp is going to talk to Scott Coker about it. We want to make it happen,” said Puder. “I want to fight him next year.”

BodogFight Middleweight Champion Trevor Prangley noted that discussions are currently taking place in order to have him making his first title defense against Matt Lindland:

“It has been talked about,” said Prangley. “I would love to fight him.”

Touch of gloves to Five Ounces of Pain for the find.

CKA: Sep 18, 2007

News and Notes

- MMA Junkie is reporting a lot of news lately…

The UFC has apparently signed former PRIDE, Shooto, and Pancrase veteran Akihiro Gono and has sent UFC welterweight Tamdan McCrory a contract proposing the fight according to McCrory’s manager:

“He’ll (be at) UFC 78 if he accepts the fight, which I assume he will considering he has fought top guys his whole career,” Ciotoli.

”(The UFC’s been) trying to get me on that card, being that I’m from the area and have a strong fan base in New Jersey,” McCrory told us last month.

Marvin Eastman has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against Demian Maia at UFC 77 after undergoing eye surgery:

“I had a weak spot on my retina for a long time, and about two weeks ago, it tore a little bit,” Eastman said. “It felt like sleepy eye. I went in to check it out last Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., and I was in surgery by 7. It’s fixed now, and I’ve got to chill a month and can’t fight until November.“

No word as of yet on a replacement opponent for Eastman.

Chris Lytle may be heading over to the WEC for a possible title shot against WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit:

MMA fan favorite and “The Ultimate Fighter 4” welterweight runner-up Chris Lytle may be leaving the UFC for Zuffa LLC’s other fight promotion — the WEC — and may be in line for an immediate title shot.

In fact, a source close to current WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (21-4) first contacted MMAjunkie.com about the possibility, saying UFC and WEC officials were discussing the potential title fight. However, the WEC recently folded a proposed November event into its Dec. 12 fight card, and as of now, the organization has far more fighters than it has fight slots.

A reliable source tell us that a Condit-Lytle fight would happen no sooner than February 2008 — if then — because of the backlog.

- Brazilian MMA website Tatame is reporting that former PRIDE star Ricardo Arona may currently be in contract talks with the UFC.

Hat tip to UFC Mania for the Arona link.

- So Matt Hamill has a torn ACL? He also fought Michael Bisping with that torn ACL? Read what Adam Morgan and 411Mania have to say about that.

- It seems that the UFC has took down UFC Takedown:

Late last week, Matt Cava of UFCtakedown.com was issued a Cease and Desist by Zuffa, LLC. He has been told to remove his website. They specifically nailed him for using UFC in his URL as well as broadcasting illegal fight videos. September 8th’s UFC 75: Champion v. Champion videos as well as a fight between Ricardo Arona and Quinton Jackson were specifically mentioned. As of today, UFCtakedown.com no longer exists. In the meantime, Matt has been able to secure MMAtakedown.net for the time being.

- Brigham Young University has banned Versus from the school’s channel selection, citing costs and the broadcasting of MMA as the reasons:

BYU has banned access to Versus on its campus cable, citing cost and content issues such as ultimate fighting.

Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for that one.

Radio Schedule:

Luke Thomas, Sam Caplan, and Matt Cava recap EliteXC: Uprising and preview UFC 76.

12-1 PM EST - TAGG Radio
1-3 PM EST - The Jordan Breen Show
3-5 PM EST - The Stephen Quadros Show
3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
11 PM EST - Knockout Radio

Media Links

Sherdog: Tale of Two Coaches
MMA Weekly: Catching up with Matt Lindland
Fight Opinion: Pro Elite pays big for KOTC & Cage Rage
Fightlinker: Kang forsakes America, may secretly be a communist
Bloody Elbow: How to Build a MMA Cage?
Houston Chronicle: Fitch gets his shot at UFC’s main stage
Daily Star: Dancing Iceman’s Hot Move
Chicago Sports: Keeping up with Montini’s Chase Beebe

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