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Matt Lindland wants back in the UFC

When I first saw another Kevin Iole article regarding Matt Lindland, I was getting ready to be pissed. I hate ‘Bring Matt back to the UFC’ articles … they ignore the simple fact that Matt Lindland will never be back in the UFC so long as he doesn’t agree to an exclusive contract. That’s something the UFC will never bend on … not for Fedor, not for Gomi, and especially not for Matt Lindland.

But upon taking a closer look, things were not what they seemed. It looks like Matt Lindland is the one approaching Dana White about coming back:

The first, albeit tiny, steps toward middleweight Matt Lindland’s return to the UFC were taken last week when Lindland spoke to UFC president Dana White.

Lindland hasn’t fought in the UFC since UFC 54 on Aug. 20, 2005. He wore a shirt bearing the logo of a sponsor not approved by UFC management and hasn’t been back.

Lindland worked the corner of Chael Sonnen in Sonnen’s unsuccessful WEC middleweight title bid against Paulo Filho last week in Las Vegas. After the bout, he said he’d spoken to White about returning to fight in the UFC.

White said he is “not sure” of whether Lindland will return. In a text message, he wrote, “He told me he wants to come back and I haven’t thought about it at all.”

Well holy shit. All of a sudden, the ball really is in the UFC’s court. Of course, I wouldn’t expect Dana White to bite too soon. Most likely he’ll hum and haw until after the Silva/Hendo fight to see if he really needs to bust the bank on another famously independant ‘troublemaker’ like Lindland. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget that Lindland’s still tied up with the IFL. If Dana White was willing to torpedo Ken Shamrock over that, don’t think he’ll let it slide with Matt.

But there is one thing for sure … Lindland extending the olive branch definately does change the equation. People like me can no longer claim it’s all Landland’s fault that he’s not in the UFC.

  • Lifer

    Do we really want to see him back in the UFC? He was never an exciting fighter for me and Rampage said he smells like a skunk.

  • fightlinker

    So long as my television isn’t a smell-o-vision, who cares? He was a lay n prayer back in the day, but all his recent fights have been pretty entertaining

  • Wu Tang

    …. Why is everyone sucking on Linlands’ nut? Hes not that good of a fighter… His ‘ground and pound’ isnt that good, better than your average fighter, yet when compared to bjj phenoms, is nothing… Watch the clip on youtube when he faced Jacare…. Yeah, you would see Matt get schooled like a japanese girl posing for the internet…. Bring jacare, he will dominate like no tommarow.

  • dignan

    I have noticed there is a bunch of people out there who think it is okay not to shower…and must become immune to their own funk.

    I want to see all the top guys in the UFC, since it is the easiest to access. I wish Dana White would be more of a facilitator and not an easily bruised egomaniac.

    Dana needs to stop letting his Pride get in the way of business, and figure shit out.

  • Xavier

    This is a sport. Boring or exciting shouldn’t enter into it, winning should.

    “White said he is “not sure” of whether Lindland will return. In a text message, he wrote, “He told me he wants to come back and I haven’t thought about it at all.”

    Dana needs to stop being a cock. What a dickheaded text message.

  • Big D D

    Ufc needs talent in that weight class….but is he still considered talent?

  • matt(tapout name shitstain)

    His rampage fight was good.

  • Throken

    What was the sponsor that wasn’t approved?

  • fightlinker

    Some casino or something

  • ilostmydog

    Lindland wore a t-shirt IIRC.

  • John

    I think Matt Lindland shouldntbe let back into the ufc cause he looks to much like Jeremy Horn and Goldberg may become confused

  • Mobb Deep

    Lindland is boring as fuck and I don’t really give a shit if hes back in the UFC or not. But, I would pay $45 to see Anderson smash his already mashed up face.

  • Swedish guy

    What’s the deal with all the text messaging going on between fighters and UFC brass? Don’t them fancy phones they all got in the TUF house make calls?

  • fightlinker

    Those fones don’t work any more since amp’d went under. Cell phone service for life my ass

  • kentyman

    “Less mobile than you’re used to.”