There’s a lot of speculation that Matt Lindland could be returning to the UFC in light of Kevin Iole’s recent revelation on Yahoo! that Lindland and UFC president Dana White spoke last week.
Iole was quick to temper expectations but it appears others are running with the story.
As much as I’d like to see it, I’m very pessimistic about Lindland returning to the UFC anytime soon, and I’m not even concerned about him being let go in 2005 after he displayed a logo for an unapproved sponsor.
First, Lindland wants to be paid good money. I think the asking price he’s gone for in the past is justifiable but it doesn’t matter what I think. Unless he drops his asking price and is willing to offer the UFC exclusive promotional rights, he might not be economically viable for the company.
Other hurdles include Lindland’s affiliation as a coach with the sworn enemy of the UFC, the IFL, along with his friendship with Dan Henderson. It doesn’t make sense for the UFC to pay big money for Lindland if he’s not going to be in the middleweight title picture. If Henderson beats Anderson Silva for the middleweight title on March 1 at UFC 82 in Columbus, Ohio, then Lindland can’t go for the title.