Matt Lindland is set to fight at Affliction’s inaugural show on July 19th. Lindland (20-5) made the announcement on Friday’s edition of HDNet’s Inside MMA.
Lindland last fought 15 months ago against Fedor Emelianenko, dropping the fight via submission in the first round due to armbar.
No opponent has been named but Lindland did speak about his decision to sign with Affliction over the other major promotions that courted him, including EliteXC, Dream, and Strikeforce. He had the following to say about EliteXC in particular.
“They’re doing big things; they’re on CBS, and they’re putting out a good product,” Lindland told The Fight Network Radio. “We talked, but I don’t think they had the same budget that Affliction had. [Affliction] wanted to sign top fighters, and it sounds like they’re doing that.”
When asked about the UFC, Lindland was less complementary.
“The only organization that wasn’t willing to make me an offer was the UFC,” Lindland told Fight Network. “They don’t want the best fighters; they want the best fighters that they can control.”