The race continues to heat up between Strikeforce and the UFC to see who can snag the most former Affliction Entertainment fighters. The small San Jose-based company takes the latest round as MMA veteran Matt Lindland inks a three-fight contract to join Strikeforce.
Lindland told MMAWeekly.com that he expects to participate in Strikeforce’s next major card, which is rumored to be taking place this October. He also didn’t waste any time in calling for the company’s best as he called out middleweights Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and 185-pound champ Cung Le.
Word on the street was that Lindland and Shields were set to meet on this Saturday’s “Strikefoce: Carano vs. Cyborg” event in San Jose, California, however company brass retreated after not knowing where they would place a bout of that magnitude on a card already stacked with three title bouts.
However, just because it isn’t happening now doesn’t mean that it can’t later.
“It’s a great match-up. I think that one would happen,” Lindland told the website.
Lindland was last seen being slapped senseless by Vitor Belfort at “Affliction: Day of Reckoning” this past January.
The Team Quest fighter claims an impressive 21-6 pro mark, including 9-3 inside the Octagon. Lindland was cut from the UFC in late 2005 after he wore a t-shirt of an unauthorized sponsor. Since his departure, he and UFC president Dana White have maintained a solid dislike for each other from afar, so it’s not a complete shock that he didn’t sign with the the world’s biggest MMA show.
Another advantage in partnering with Strikeforce is they sign their fighters to non-exclusive contracts, allowing him to venture elsewhere for competition, as well as additional income.