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Matt Horwich: “I think they should have special seven-round fights for guys like us.”

Former IFL middleweight champ Matt Horwich has never been known for acting in a conventional way or subscribing to the norm. Whether expressing his enlightened point of view on the world, his affinity for Brazilian Jiujitsu, or his love for quantum physics, Horwich is as unique a character as you’ll find in Mixed Martial Arts. He also happens to be a tremendous grappler with nineteen submission wins to his credit and a history of being extremely difficult to finish.

The 40-fight veteran faces his newest challenge this weekend, Thales Leites, at Powerhouse World Promotion’s upcoming “War on the Mainland” show in Irvine, California for the PWP Middleweight strap. Leites, who has won three consecutive bouts since parting ways with the UFC, is 17-3 as a professional and considered to be one of the better BJJ-based fighters in Mixed Martial Arts.

Five Ounces of Pain had a chance to speak to Horwich about the challenge Leites provides and how he’s approaching this weekend’s match-up. Though “Suave” considers the Brazilian to be on par with Ricardo Almeida in terms of the offering the best jiujitsu he’s faced in his career, he also didn’t hesitate to express his opinion the fight could also involve a decent amount of striking when asked whether or not he felt the action would focus on stand-up or be purely a ground war.

“I’m thinking both. We’re both well-rounded fighters by the Great Spirit’s grace!”

Horwich also stated he was approaching the five-round affair like any other bout, going so far as to say he prefers the potential for twenty-five minutes – even longer – as opposed to a non-title fifteen.

Said Horwich, “No, I like five rounds better. I think they should have special seven-round fights for guys like us.”

In closing, “Suave” parted with the humility and spirituality fans have come to expect from the 24-15-1 veteran.

“I want to give a big thanks and a shout out to Chris Reilly and my team at “Legends” – Eddy Bravo, everyone at 10th Planet, Melee Fight Wear…and everyone should see Wilmer Valderama’s new movie, “The Dry Land”. He’s one of the nicest famous dudes and part of our family at Legends…God Bless and have a beautiful day everyone! Every day is a new day of adventure and limitless possibilities by Jesus’ grace and surfing the infinitely exhilarating current of creativity!!!”

“War on the Mainland” takes place at the Bren Events Center on Saturday, August 14th, and will be available on cable/satellite PPV starting at 7:00PT/10:00ET. Beyond Horwich vs. Leities, the card also features title fights between UFC alumnus Jason Lambert and eight-time World BJJ champion Allan Goes, as well as the hard-hitting Paul Buentello vs. 2X UFC Heavyweight champ Tim Sylvia.

10 COMMENTS
  • ByronGiant says:

    I think they should have special “no round fights” for preachy people who can’t beat mid-tier competition

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  • MCM says:

    2 fight loosing streak and only 2-6 in his last 8….sounds like championship material to me.

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  • G-DUB says:

    He’s a champion of strange and annoying behavior. Total freak in the non-complimentary sense of the word …. and barely an average journeyman fighter. A “history of being extremely difficult to finish”?? Don’t know about that. Remember Jamal Patterson choking him out twice within 3 minutes back in his IFL days not too long ago. Is anyone really losing sleep in anticipation of his fight with Leites? Highly unlikely.

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  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    He’s lost 15 times and 12 of those were by decision. He’s never been TKO’d once in 40 professional fights. Is that “difficult” enough for you? Regardless of his recent losing streak, both these guys can grapple their asses off and it should be a good match-up for people who are interested in that kind of thing (as well as folks who are into supporting smaller shows).

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  • jj says:

    When someone starts talking about needing 35 minutes to finish a fight instead of 25 or 15 i start to wonder if they have any chance of finishing the fight at all.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Paul Buentello / Tim Sylvia should be interesting…….

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  • Dufresne says:

    I’m loving this matchup. Sure these aren’t the top two guys in their division but they’re both slick as goose shit on the ground, especially Leites.

    As good as they both are on the ground I wouldn’t be shocked if this turned into a standup war, and I think I’m gonna have to go with Horwich via decision.

    I think Buentello only has one shot, and that’s to catch Timmy early. If this goes into the second round or beyond he just doesn’t seem to be able to hang these days. I like Sylvia via late TKO.

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  • cocoonofhorror says:

    is Horwich serious? sometimes i can barely stand to watch ONE round of his fights.

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  • Guthookd says:

    Well, I for one am going to check out this whole card.

    Sylvia/Bueno is a great match up and this is a great match up too.

    Say what you will about Matt Horwich, but in my book he is a very interesting and cool dude – perhaps a little “touched”. Love to sit down with him, smoke a fat hooter, talk about some spiritual experiences, and then commence to grappling like a couple squirrels on the lawn.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    “Say what you will about Matt Horwich, but in my book he is a very interesting and cool dude – perhaps a little “touched”. Love to sit down with him, smoke a fat hooter, talk about some spiritual experiences, and then commence to grappling like a couple squirrels on the lawn.” – Guthookd.

    Now That’s funny shit.

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