Matt Horwich

Matthew Peter Horwich (born October 2, 1978) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Middleweight division. A professional competitor since 2003, Horwich has fought in BAMMA, Strikeforce, Bellator, the UFC, and for the Seattle Tiger Sharks of the IFL where he was the IFL Middleweight Champion.

Matt Horwich
BornMatthew Peter Horwich
(1978-10-02) October 2, 1978 (age 43)
Seattle, Washington, United States
Other namesSuavè, Sabretooth, The Multiverse-Surfing River Dolphin
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, United States
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight185.6 lb (84.2 kg; 13.26 st)
Light Heavyweight
Reach75 in (190 cm)
Fighting out ofHollywood, California, United States
TeamKings MMA
10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
RankBrown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2003–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout6
By submission21
By decision3
By knockout2
By submission4
By decision19
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Horwich was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. He watched many Bruce Lee films growing up and entered Dojo Kai Korean traditional martial arts classes. Growing up, Horwich had little interest in school due to low opinions of his teachers. Unmotivated, lost and without a concrete path to embark on, he began to experiment with drugs and alcohol. He then garnered interest for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) at the age of 17 and saved up enough money to learn from none other than Royce Gracie himself. After that, he reluctantly made an unwise decision and was placed in jail for thirty days for fighting and breaking windows. He served his time and chose to relocate to Seattle, Washington with the intention of starting a band. While there, he performed odd jobs and lived in squats as he crossed-paths between becoming either a musician or martial artist. He then eventually experienced a religious conversion as a self-described "spiritual" Christian and rededicated himself to a successful, focused career in martial arts.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Horwich developed his impressive skills as a submission specialist training with Team Quest as well as BJJ black belts B.J. Penn and Eddie Bravo.[1] He has also trained extensively with accomplished Kickboxer and Muay Thai Fighter Chris Reilly.[2][3] Matt Horwich earned the nickname "The Fighting Hippy" due to his extremely unusual personality and interests.[4]

Before signing with the International Fight League's Portland Wolfpack, Matt Horwich amassed a strong record of 15-6-1 fighting in small promotions. His popularity 5–3 record while there led the IFL to match him against Benji Radach at the World Grand Prix Finals to determine the first middleweight champion. Horwich defeated the noted striker by knockout in the second round, becoming the IFL's first ever middleweight champion.[1]

Matt Horwich then signed with the UFC after the IFL folded and made his debut at UFC 90. His opponent, none other than the latest IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller. Horwich came close to sinking in a fight-ending choke in this exciting bout as the clock suspensefully ticked at the final part of the second round. Despite his wholehearted efforts, Miller controlled most of the first and third rounds and took the unanimous decision.[5] Horwich then made his second UFC appearance at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann against Ricardo Almeida which resulted in a second decision loss and his release from the company.

After that, he debuted with Bellator and then Aggression MMA where he came back with a solid, split-decision victory over Jason Lambert. This very well-fought rematch took place in Alberta, Canada as Horwich successfully returned to his winning ways.[6]

Horwich fought Tom 'Kong' Watson at BAMMA3 as a late replacement for Alex Reid on May 15, 2010, and lost. It was his first fight in Britain.[7]

Horwich beat Thales Leites, former UFC Middleweight contender, in an upset on August 14.

On September 9, 2010, Horwich fought Bellator season two semifinalist Eric Schambari, losing via split decision.[8]

Horwich then defeated Jake Rosholt by technical knockout in the third round at Xtreme Fight Night – Rosholt vs. Horwich in November 2010.

At Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort on March 11, 2011, Horwich squared off with UFC and WEC veteran Danillo Villefort, losing by unanimous decision after being controlled both on the feet and the floor for the entirety of the 15-minute affair.[9]

Horwich faced a rematch with Jake Rosholt at Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt 2 on July 15, 2011, losing by unanimous decision. Rosholt used his wrestling to neutralize any attempt at a takedown and utilized a much improved striking game to win the nod from the judges.[10]

Horwich fought Piotr Strus at KSW 25 on December 7, 2013. Though the fan favorite coming into the fight, Horwich lost by majority decision.[11]

Personal lifeEdit

Matt Horwich was married the day after his first attempted defense of the IFL Middleweight Championship.[12] Horwich is often described as a hippie who frequently quotes Bible passages and personal aphorisms in conversation.[1] His hobbies include playing guitar and writing music and poetry, mostly themed around his interest in quantum mechanics.[12] Also knows the difference between a 301 EZO and a 307 SR end.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
56 matches 30 wins 25 losses
By knockout 6 2
By submission 21 4
By decision 3 19
Draws 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 30–25–1 Piotr Siwkowski TKO (elbows) PLMMA 73: Ciechanow May 20, 2017 1 1:20 Ciechanow, Poland
Win 29–25–1 David Ramirez Submission (rear-naked choke) PLMMA 72: Lomianki March 4, 2017 2 N/A Lomianki, Poland
Loss 28–25–1 Marcin Naruszczka Decision (unanimous) PLMMA 70: Championships November 4, 2016 5 5:00 Warsaw, Poland
Loss 28–24–1 Vyacheslav Vasilevsky Decision (unanimous) Fightspirit Championship 6: Horwich vs. Vasilevsky September 9, 2016 3 5:00 St. Petersburg, Russia
Loss 28–23–1 Jae Young Kim KO (punch) Top FC 9: Battle of Incheon October 24, 2015 1 0:31 Incheon, South Korea For the Top FC Middleweight Championship.
Loss 28–22–1 Piotr Strus Decision (majority) KSW 25: Khalidov vs. Sakurai December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Wroclaw, Poland
Win 28–21–1 Terry Martin TKO (punches) KSW 21 December 1, 2012 2 4:08 Warsaw, Poland Catchweight bout of 191 lbs.
Win 27–21–1 Antoni Chmielewski TKO (punches) KSW XIX May 12, 2012 3 2:19 Lódz, Poland
Loss 26–21–1 Thales Leites Submission (arm-triangle choke) Amazon Forest Combat 2 March 31, 2012 2 4:39 Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil Catchweight bout of 194 lbs.
Loss 26–20–1 Michał Materla Decision (unanimous) KSW 17: Revenge November 26, 2011 3 3:00 Lódz, Poland KSW Middleweight Championship eliminator; fight went to three-minute OT round.
Loss 26–19–1 Jake Rosholt Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt 2 July 15, 2011 3 5:00 Frisco, Texas, United States
Loss 26–18–1 Danillo Villefort Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort March 11, 2011 3 5:00 Lubbock, Texas, United States
Win 26–17–1 Jake Rosholt TKO (punches) Xtreme Fight Night: Rosholt vs. Horwich November 12, 2010 3 2:56 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 25–17–1 Eric Schambari Decision (split) Bellator 28 September 9, 2010 3 5:00 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Win 25–16–1 Thales Leites Submission (rear-naked choke) Powerhouse World Promotions: War on the Mainland August 14, 2010 4 0:44 Irvine, California, United States Won PWP Middleweight Championship.
Loss 24–16–1 Tom Watson Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 3 May 15, 2010 5 5:00 Birmingham, England For the BAMMA Middleweight Championship.
Loss 24–15–1 Jason MacDonald Decision (unanimous) LGIO MMA 1: MacDonald vs Horwich April 23, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 24–14–1 Jason Lambert Decision (split) AMMA 1: First Blood October 24, 2009 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 23–14–1 Bryan Baker Decision (unanimous) Bellator 10 June 5, 2009 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 23–13–1 Ricardo Almeida Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann April 1, 2009 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 23–12–1 Dan Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC 90 October 25, 2008 3 5:00 Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 23–11–1 Joey Guel Decision (unanimous) IFL: Mohegan Sun May 16, 2008 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 22–11–1 Ryan McGivern Decision(unanimous) IFL: Vegas February 29, 2008 5 4:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost IFL Middleweight Championship.
Win 22–10–1 Benji Radach KO (punch) IFL: World Grand Prix Finals December 29, 2007 2 1:58 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Became inaugural IFL Middleweight Champion.
Win 21–10–1 Brian Foster Submission (armbar) IFL: World Grand Prix Semifinals November 3, 2007 1 3:59 Chicago, Illinois, United States Catchweight bout of 188 lbs.
Win 20–10–1 Kazuhiro Hamanaka KO (head kick) IFL: Everett June 1, 2007 1 2:07 Everett, Washington, United States
Loss 19–10–1 Jamal Patterson Submission (guillotine choke) IFL: Connecticut April 13, 2007 1 0:37 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 19–9–1 Brent Beauparlant Submission (kimura) IFL: Atlanta February 23, 2007 2 0:28 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 18–9–1 Ryan McGivern Decision (unanimous) IFL: Championship Final December 29, 2006 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 18–8–1 Mike Pyle Submission (rear-naked choke) IFL: World Championship Semifinals November 2, 2006 2 1:02 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 17–8–1 Bristol Marunde Decision (unanimous) IFL: Portland September 9, 2006 3 4:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 16–8–1 Jamal Patterson Submission (rear-naked choke) IFL: Legends Championship 2006 April 29, 2006 1 2:57 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 16–7–1 Roan Carneiro Decision (split) WCFC: No Guts No Glory March 18, 2006 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 16–6–1 Petras Markevicius Submission (rear naked choke) WCFC: No Guts No Glory March 18, 2006 1 4:59 Manchester, England
Loss 15–6–1 Brian Ebersole Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie March 10, 2006 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 15–5–1 Rob Wince Submission (armbar) ACF: Genesis February 24, 2006 1 1:46 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 14–5–1 John Cronk Submission (rear naked choke) SF 13: Rocky Mountain Sportfight October 15, 2005 2 3:28 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 13–5–1 Vernon White Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 12: Breakout September 16, 2005 2 2:38 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 12–5–1 Krzysztof Soszynski Submission (rear-naked choke) Freedom Fight: Canada vs USA July 9, 2005 2 0:52 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Loss 11-5-1 Travis Wiuff Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 62 June 18, 2005 3 5:00 Medina, Minnesota, United States
Win 11–4–1 Brian Wieber Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC: Dome of Destruction 2 April 30, 2005 1 2:37 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss 10–4–1 Trevor Prangley Decision (unanimous) SF 9: Respect March 26, 2005 3 5:00 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 10–3–1 Chris Kiever Submission (triangle choke) Kickdown Classic 16 February 19, 2005 2 0:40 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 9–3–1 Jason Lambert TKO (submission to punches) WEC 12 October 21, 2004 2 3:28 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 9–2–1 Jason MacDonald Submission (armbar) Extreme Fighting Challenge 3 October 16, 2004 1 N/A Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
Win 8–2–1 Billy Miles Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 6: Battleground in Reno September 23, 2004 2 0:59 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 7–2–1 Antony Rea Submission (rear-naked choke) APEX: Genesis September 5, 2004 2 1:13 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–2–1 Paul Purcell Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 5: Stadium August 28, 2004 1 N/A Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 5–2–1 Mikko Rupponen Submission (triangle choke) PFA: Pride and Fury June 3, 2004 3 0:50 Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 4–2–1 Chris Kiever Submission (triangle choke) Cage Fighting Championship 1 May 1, 2004 1 1:47 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Loss 3–2–1 Glover Teixeira Decision (unanimous) SF 3: Dome April 17, 2004 3 5:00 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 3–1–1 Horace Spencer Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 2: On the Move March 19, 2004 1 4:45 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 2–1–1 Joshua Burkman Submission (triangle choke) SF 1: Revolution February 21, 2004 2 2:11 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 1–1–1 Rich Guerin Submission (armbar) DesertBrawl 9 November 8, 2003 1 1:54 Bend, Oregon, United States
Draw 1–0–1 Shane Davis Draw Ultimate Ring Challenge 6 October 25, 2003 3 3:00 Longview, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Cory Devela Submission (rear-naked choke) PPKA: Ultimate Fight Night 2 September 6, 2003 2 1:24 Pasco, Washington, United States


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  2. ^ [1] Archived December 21, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Interview with Matt Horwich - | Interviews | Interview with Matt Horwich". 2008-02-28. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  4. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Matt Horwich". Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  5. ^ "UFC 90 'Silva vs. Cote' Play-by-Play". October 25, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2009.
  6. ^ "Aggression MMA Results | Top MMA News at". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  7. ^ "Welcome to BAMMA - Home". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  8. ^ Ratliff, Ben (2010-09-10). "Bellator 28 results from New Orleans on Sept. 9". Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  9. ^ "Shark Fights 14 results: Villefort decisions Horwich, LaRosa taps Damm". 2011-03-12. Archived from the original on 2012-01-03. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  10. ^ "Shark Fights 17 Results: Jake Rosholt Wins, Working Towards UFC Return". 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2012-01-27.
  11. ^ "Piotr Strus vs. Matt Horwich". December 7, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Barnwell, Bill (February 21, 2008). "Matt Horwich Interview". Archived from the original on February 28, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2009.

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New championship 1st IFL Middleweight Champion
December 29, 2007 - February 29, 2008
Succeeded by
Ryan McGivern