Matt Lindland has confirmed that his next fight will be for the upstart Affliction promotion on July 19 in Dallas, Texas.
Lindland made the announcement during Friday night’s telecast of SportFight XXII, which was televised on HDNet.
When asked by reporter Ron Kruck about who he would be fighting, Lindland indicated that while the names of several fighters have been tossed around, an opponent has yet to sign a contract to fight him. Kruck responded by asking Lindland who he’d like to fight, and he then proceeded to mention both former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante as well as David Terrell, another former UFC middleweight.
There had been rumors that Lindland would face Frank Trigg during Affliction’s debut show but the fight has never been confirmed by either fighter.
Affliction’s debut show will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia. The fight was first reported several weeks ago by Sherdog.com but is now official, according to a recent report by MMAWeekly.com.
In addition to Emelianenko vs. Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell, and Aleksander Emelianenko are all rumored to be fighting on the card. However, no official announcement has been made regarding the involvement of any of the four fighters.