Matt Lindland confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that he has signed a contract with a new fight promotion.
Rumors that placed Lindland with the new Japanese promotion DREAM appear to be off the mark.
“I’ve never talked to them,” Lindland told MMAWeekly. “I actually did sign a contract with another company, though.”
Lindland could not reveal the identity of his new employer as of yet, however.
“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.”
“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.”
Whoever this new employer is they must have a nice bankroll as Lindland expects to make more in his first fight with the new American promotion then in six fights with the UFC.
“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.”