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    Default Matt Lindland Signs 3 Fights With New Promotion


    Highly regarded as one of the top middleweight fighters in the world, but not having fought anywhere in nearly a year, Matt Lindland on Friday confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he has just signed a contract with a new fight promotion.

    He dispelled rumors that he had signed with the new Dream promotion in Japan, saying, “I've never talked to them. I actually did sign a contract (Friday) with another company, though.”

    Dream is a partnership between Fight Entertainment Group (the parent company of K-1) and former staff members of Dreamstage Entertainment (the former parent company of Pride Fighting Championships).

    Because of the sensitive nature of the promotion he has signed with, Lindland stopped short of saying who the new company is.

    "I'm kind of holding off. I sent an email saying, 'when can we make announcements?' I can tell you I signed a very nice contract for three fights within the next twelve months,” he informed.

    "June is supposed to be the first event and then from June (2008) until June (2009) I'll have at least three fights. I know it's been from April of last year (since I last fought). It's almost like I went into retirement or something."

    Although he has experimented with other weight divisions in the past – losing a decision to current UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and being submitted by former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko in their respective weight classes – Lindland said that his three fights for the new American-based promotion would be at middleweight.

    Despite lots of talk about a possible return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Lindland is happy with his new contract, especially monetarily.

    "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,” he stated. "The most I ever made in the UFC with the win bonus and the show money was $36,000. "

    Though Lindland would not divulge his new employer’s identity, multiple MMAWeekly sources have confirmed that Affliction – a popular clothing company – is a primary partner in the deal. Sources also indicated that Affliction’s partner in the new promotion is Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

    It is not yet known under what name the new promotion will operate, but indications are that its first event will take place in June in Las Vegas.

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    Awesome... I hope who ever the promotion is they either have good opponents for him or they are willing to cross-promote with Elite since they have the best MW division around.

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    Hmm... Your kidding Matt. You didn't make alot of money 3 years ago with the UFC? shocker..
    MMA was so popular then, I mean money was just flowing...

    It is too bad though, I think Matt could beat Anderson.

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    Lindland should have contacted DREAM, WVR, Elite-XC, Pro-Elite... somebody with some sort of hype behind it.

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    It'll be good to see him finally fighting again.

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    Still sucks Dana couldnt work things out with him because it would of been a great addition to the MW division with some dream fights. I am surprised he did not sign with DREAM, Elite XC or an org with more name value.

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    Matt Lindland isn't a draw for an unknown upstart. He's not in the UFC, so casual fans have never heard of him. I'm really surprised that he's basing his thoughts on the UFC by what they paid back in the day. In a company that will have fans that actually care to see him fight, he could easily make $45-60K to fight, plus win bonuses and the like. If he's not fighting alongside plenty of other names in this mystery promotion, I doubt he'll get three big paychecks in one year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sundance Kid View Post
    What every happend to his Bo-dog contract.


    I know he said that he would (was going to) fight HW for them again.
    The word Bo-Dog before the word contract pretty well discreditates the intended meaning of the latter.

    Good on cross promoting though, it will be great to see Lindland again. Hopefully in a cage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frag x 3 View Post
    Matt Lindland isn't a draw for an unknown upstart. He's not in the UFC, so casual fans have never heard of him. I'm really surprised that he's basing his thoughts on the UFC by what they paid back in the day. In a company that will have fans that actually care to see him fight, he could easily make $45-60K to fight, plus win bonuses and the like. If he's not fighting alongside plenty of other names in this mystery promotion, I doubt he'll get three big paychecks in one year.
    See that's the thing. Goldenboy and Affliction are going to be the draw. They make an interesting combination with some serious mainstream exposure. Lindland is just one fighter of (hopefully) an equally talented pool.

    I dunno tho, I'm not all for this secretive, sneaky shit. Makes me suspicious.

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    Maybe Matt has his own M1 pr firm.

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