Matt Lindland forced out of KSW 15 due to hand injury

Matt “The Law” Lindland’s return to the cage will have to wait just a little longer. The 2000 Olympic silver-medalist has suffered a hand injury that has forced him from his KSW 15 bout with Mamed Khalidov on March 19.

“Strikeforce: Evolution” recap: Melendez reclaims lightweight title, Smith stuns Le, and “King Mo” KO’s Whitehead

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Josh Thomson and Gilbert Melendez are no strangers to each other or five round wars. Another five round battle was in the cards for tonight’s “Strikeforce: Evolution” lightweight title bout, with both fighters throwing everything but the kitchen sink at each other as the bell sounded on the fifth and final round.

This time around, it was Gilbert Melendez that dominated the fight scoring a unanimous decision victory to regain the title that he lost to Thomson back in 2008.

Melendez (17-2) used his jab, often doubling up with it, to control the pace of the fight and utilized a stifling attack on his feet, dropping Thomson in the second and fifth rounds of the fight. Thomson battled back each time he found himself on his back, scrambling to his feet to stand in the pocket and trade bombs with “El Nino.” Melendez employed a very effective left hand, leg kick combo to set the pace in the later rounds, but both fighters were ineffective in their take down attempts.

Read more“Strikeforce: Evolution” recap: Melendez reclaims lightweight title, Smith stuns Le, and “King Mo” KO’s Whitehead

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Six questions with Matt Lindland who faces Strikeforce newcomer “Jacare” Souza on Dec. 19, 2009, Showtime card

Lindland faces "Jacare" on Showtime

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Dec. 17, 2009) – Former Olympic wrestling medalist Matt “The Law” Lindland, who recently took a stab at the world of politics, answered Six Questions recently posed to him regarding his highly-anticipated return to mixed martial arts (MMA) action this Saturday during the live SHOWTIME® telecast of STRIKEFORCE:  Evolution.

Lindland (21-6) will take on submission expert “Jacare” Souza (10-2) at middleweight (185 pounds) on the star-studded fight card being headlined by Cung Le vs. Scott Smith at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Lindland, the 2000 Olympic Games silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, holds wins against Pat Miletich, as well as former champion Carlos Newton and Jeremy Horn. Lindland is one of only two men to submit Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Travis Lutter.

Read moreSix questions with Matt Lindland who faces Strikeforce newcomer “Jacare” Souza on Dec. 19, 2009, Showtime card

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Strikeforce calls in “The Law” on their middleweight division

PRO MMA ( has confirmed Greco-Roman Olympic silver medalist and political aspirant Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-6) has signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce. Although, no opponent has yet been named, Lindland could have his first bout within the organization as early as October.

Having began his professional MMA career in 1997, the 39-year old veteran holds wins over such fighters as Jeremy Horn, Travis Lutter, Falaniko Vitale, Phil Baroni, and Pat Miletich to name a few.

Lindland was last in the ring against Vitor Belfort at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” back in January. However, it was not his night and took “The Phenom” only 37 seconds to break “The Law” with a first round knockout.

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Sportfight XXV highlights and results

By: Jeff Howard PRO MMA ( was on-hand at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon, for Sportfight XXV: Wild Card on Friday night. The ten fight card was nothing less than action packed, with all ten fights ending by (T)KO or submission. The first three fights were amateur bouts (3×3 min. rds) featuring Team … Read more

Babalu vs Sokoudjou set for Affliction

Despite being released by the UFC nearly two weeks ago, Remeau Thierry Sokoudjou will meet Renato “Babalu” Sobral in January at Afflcition: Day of Reckogning. “The African Assassin” failed to live up to expectations in the UFC, compiling a 1-2 record.

The DREAM organization appeared to be one organization that had been rumored to be interested in the Team Quest product’s services. While that may still be a possibility, Sokoudjou will first fight on the January 24 Affliction card against a red hot “Babalu.”

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Babalu vs. Lindland called off Affliction card

Renato “Babalu” Sobral was scheduled to fight Matt Lindland at Affliction’s Day of Reckoning on January 24th. However, according to MMA Weekly, that fight will not be happening.  Instead, Matt Lindland will be facing Vitor Belfort at 185 pounds.   The reason for the change?  Apparently because Babalu just beat Bobby Southworth for the Strikeforce … Read more