After being declined a contact offer from the UFC, MMA veteran and Olympic wrestler Matt “The Law” Lindland has reportedly signed a lucrative three fight contract with an unnamed MMA promotion.
MMAWeekly is reporting that while Lindland was unable to mention the name of the organization he has inked with, it is definitely not the newly formed DREAM promotion:
“I’ve never talked to them (DREAM) I actually did sign a contract (Friday) with another company, though. 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..”
Regarding his paydays, Lindland will not exactly miss fighting in the UFC and it’s not hard to understand why:
“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….The most I ever made in the UFC with the win bonus and the show money was $36,000.”
The MMAWeekly report confirms that the unnamed promotion is at least partially backed by Affliction Clothing Company and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.