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.
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