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 ( 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