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If Lindland vs. Belfort happens, it won’t be for WAMMA title

If a bout between Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort is signed for Affliction’s second-ever show on Oct. 11 and it’s for a title, it won’t be for the yet-to-be institute WAMMA middleweight title belt.

After reading a report on FiveOuncesOfPain.com that cited a Belfort interview with the Brazilian website Tatame.com that quoted Belfort as saying the matchup would be for a belt, WAMMA CEO Mike Lynch contacted us to issue a statement. While WAMMA believes that the potential matchup is intriguing, it doesn’t consider it one worthy of determining an undisputed champion at 185 lbs.

“There has been a lot of speculation that an upcoming proposed match-up between Matt Lindland and Vitor Belfort will be for a WAMMA title,” said Lynch in an e-mail to Five Ounces of Pain. “To be sure, Matt and Vitor are two of the very best fighters in MMA today. Lindland is currently ranked seven in our middleweight rankings and Belfort is a former UFC champion who is bound to excite fans everywhere with his explosive style. If this fight happens, it would be an incredible match up. It certainly rises to the level of a must-see fight and would be the highlight of any fight card.

“With that being said, any fight between Lindland and Belfort at this time would not be for a WAMMA title. WAMMA’s goal is to crown undisputed champions based on our objective rankings. Based on our rankings, we could not sanction a Lindland vs. Belfort fight as a WAMMA championship. However, the winner of the match-up would certainly cement his place as part of the fighter elite and would be a likely contender for a WAMMA championship in the future.”

12 COMMENTS
  • Rich S. says:

    son of a..
    i don’t understand why WAMMMA “doesn’t consider it one worthy of determining an undisputed champion at 185 lbs”

    as far as i’m concnerned.. these are the ONLY two MW’s that are worthy of a title right now..

    anyone else know any other MW’s they might have??

    Duwees might drop..
    other than that all i’ve got is Martin and Negao..

    either they’re gonna pull some AWESOME MW’s out of their ass.. or, they just don’t want a title to exist right now..

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  • Steve says:

    I’m not particularly well-versed with WAMMA, but why would Anderson Silva not have this belt? I mean, the #2 listed guy in MW is RICH FRANKLIN. Is there really any question that the Spider should have this belt?

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  • Socalsoxfan says:

    This may be the best matchup for an Affliction MW belt, but WAMMA is supported by Affliction, Adrenaline MMA, StrikeForce, M1, and I believe even Elite XC (not positive on that one). So with that said there are far more interesting fights out there for a WAMMA belt, even though I think it’s a ridiculous belt.

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  • MMA Man Up says:

    Your talking like WAMMA is part of Affliction, but its supposed to be an independent body. Lindland vs. Belfort could be for the Affliction 185 title, but WAMMA would look like a total joke if they tired to say the winner of that fight was the undisputed champion at 185 lbs.

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  • patrick says:

    i think that they need to do a couple more shows and boost the talent pool of their roster a little bit before they go throwing belts around. thats just my opinion. i like watching both fighters and i like affliction but i don’t like this idea. but if it tickles their pickles than who am i to object.

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  • Justin B says:

    You can’t give these guys a belt after two shows. They only have 2 to 4 middleweights in the whole promotion

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  • DamonO says:

    WAMMA is a not so smart idea. I think if there is a unified belt for each weight class then the guys from UFC will come over and fight for that belt, win and take it back with them to the UFC where others have to come to the UFC to fight for it.

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  • Jeff says:

    They really shold make GSP vs. Fitch for the WAMMA belt. That’s a legit title match right there.

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  • Truth says:

    WAMMA’s doing the right thing. They should wait until they can set up matches between fighters who have a solid claim to being the true #1 in the world. Their chance to have title bouts with the legit top fighters will come sooner or later just like it did with Fedor. They’re not a promotion, so they don’t need to be in a hurry to establish anything other than legit champions.

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  • Rich S. says:

    apparently i had a mix up with the whole WAMMA thing..

    if it were for an Affliciton title.. that would be the only possible matchup for a title fight..

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  • stevefiji says:

    I have a question… Does WAMMA stand for Want Affliction Make Money Association? That is the biggest kiss-ass piece of puff i could ever read from a supposed credible, 3rd party and objective organization!!!!!!!!

    “Matt and Vitor are two of the very best fighters in MMA today” One is ranked #7 by WAMMA the other is UNRANKED!!!! ”

    Well actually, “The Law” is..
    NOT Top 11 in MMAFightin.com
    NOT Top 10 on Sherdog
    #5 on MMA Weekly
    and #5 on Five Ounces of Pain

    and Vitor is not Top 10 on anybody’s list of anything except ‘has beens’

    So does ‘very best’ mean anyone in the top 200? Because Vitor would unlikely be in most Top 20’s

    Let’s read further…
    “If this fight happens, it would be an incredible match up. It certainly rises to the level of a must-see fight and would be the highlight of any fight card.”

    and what about this beauty…
    “WAMMA’s goal is to crown undisputed champions based on our objective rankings.”

    Thank You WAMMA for your completely OBJECTIVE comments – you stooge to the Midnight Oil Mini-me!!! You worshiper of 1980 Slayer style T-shirts…. So let’s just all read this post again and then try and tell me that WAMMA doesn’t have a VESTED interest in all things NOT-UFC so that they can actually someday have a FREE PIECE OF THE PIE in all things UFC! This is the worst kind of scavenger…. Pathetic.. I was hoping they were going to be so dumb as to actually award a belt and expose themselves for the frauds that they are.

    But still, they will only last as long as Fedor fights for Affliction… and given Randy’s most recent court loss, I’d estimate that to be about one more fight (Fedor vs. the AA vs Barnett winner) and then if his silly Russian management has any semblance of a brain, Fedor will say to T-shirt guy “How Taste Fedor in UFC?”

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  • lawdog says:

    Stevefiji I agree. The WAMMA belt is a joke. If the UFC isnt involved with it you might as well give it up. They have the top MW, WW, LHW and the top LW P4P in the sport. This org is just wanting money and some lowlife pig fucker came up with this scheme. Its a joke and the belt holds no merit.

    Affliction looks like farce by using this belt. It would be better to just use an Affliction belt and put skulls and barbwire around it.

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