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Matt Lindland forced out of KSW 15 due to hand injury

2000 Olympic silver-medalist Matt "The Law" Lindland - Photo credit: Esther Lin/Strikeforce

Matt “The Law” Lindland has had to withdraw from a March 19 scheduled bout against Mamed Khalidov at KSW 15 in Warsaw, Poland.

The 2000 Olympic silver-medalist injured his hand while sparring, and while it is not fractured, he does “suffer from a sprain and strain of the 3rd digit in the Proximal interphalangeal joint, along with general joint de-arrangement,” according to signed doctor’s letter that KSW forwarded to ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) on Monday.

The doctor’s letter also states that Lindland should be able to compete again after May 21, 2011.

Lindland (22-8) has not fought since suffering a brutal first round knockout against Robbie Lawler at “Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu 2″ back in December. He is 5-5 in his last 10 bouts and has lost three of his last four.

Khalidov (21-4-2) was last in action on Dec. 30 when he scored a first round TKO over Yuki Sasaki at Sengoku’s “Soul of Fight” in Japan. Khalidov has stopped opponents in 20 of his 21 victories; 10 by submission, 10 by (T)KO.

KSW says they will know Lindland’s replacement by tomorrow.

Here is what the KSW 15 card looks like at this point:

  • Mamed Khalidov vs. TBA
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou
  • Krzysztof Kulak vs. Michal Materla
  • Maciej Gorski vs. Niko Puhakka
  • Aslambek Saidov vs. Ruben Crawford
  • Antoni Chmielewski vs. James Zikic
  • Lukasz Jurkowski vs. Toni Valtonen
  • Marcin Rozalski vs. Pawel Slowinski
  • Karol Bedorf vs. TBA

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