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Matt Van Buren (born June 12, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who competed in the light heavyweight division for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Van Buren has also fought for Bellator and was a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 19.

Matt Van Buren
Born (1986-06-12) June 12, 1986 (age 33)
Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Other namesGutter
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Reach77 in (196 cm)
Fighting out ofChula Vista, California, United States
TeamAlliance MMA
Rank     Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[1]
Years active2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout2
By submission2
By decision3
By knockout4
By submission1
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Van Buren made his debut in 2010, he won his first three bouts against Manny Okorie, Aaron Johnson and Brandon Saling.


Van Buren made his Bellator debut in October 2011, defeating Nick Nichols via TKO in the second round at Bellator 52.[2]

The following November, Van Buren faced Shawn Levesque at Bellator 57. Van Buren won via rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[3]

Van Buren then fought Mike Mucitelli on August 24, 2012 at Bellator 73. Van Buren lost via submission in the first round.[4]

On November 30, 2012, Van Buren faced Terry Davinney at Bellator 82 and lost via KO in just 15 seconds.[5]


After his run in Bellator, Van Buren faced Mojtaba Najim Wali on July 20, 2013 at Gladiators of the Cage: The North Shore's Rise to Power 2. Van Buren won via unanimous decision, breaking his two fight losing streak.

The Ultimate FighterEdit

On March 25, 2014 it was announced that Van Buren would appear on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn.[6]

In the fight to get into the house, Van Buren faced Daniel Vizcaya. Van Buren won via KO and was picked by Frankie Edgar to be on his team.[7]

Van Buren then faced Chris Fields in the elimination round. Despite being rocked with a punch in the second round by Fields, Van Buren won via unanimous decision and moved on to the semifinals.[8]

In the semifinals, Van Buren faced Daniel Spohn. After being rocked twice in the fight, Van Buren came back and won the fight via TKO in the second round.[9]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

In the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 19, Van Buren faced Corey Anderson at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6, 2014. Van Buren lost the bout via TKO in the first round.[10]

Van Buren faced Sean O'Connell on January 18, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 59.[11] He lost the fight via TKO in the third round. Despite the loss, he was awarded a Fight of the Night bonus award.[12]

Van Buren was briefly linked to a bout with Jonathan Wilson on August 8, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74. However, Van Buren was removed from the card in early June citing injury and replaced by Jared Cannonier.[13]

In October 2015 Van Buren was released by the UFC.[14]

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
13 matches 7 wins 6 losses
By knockout 2 4
By submission 2 1
By decision 3 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 7–6 Todd Stoute Decision (Unanimous) BTC 1 - Genesis May 27, 2017 3 5:00 Toronto, Canada
Loss 7–5 Jeremy Kimball KO (Punch) FFC 24 - Villefort vs. Rela June 3, 2016 1 0:14 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Win 7–4 Derrick Weaver Submission (arm-triangle choke) Elite Warrior Challenge 9: Takeover February 6, 2016 2 3:38 Salem, Virginia, United States
Loss 6–4 Sean O'Connell TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver January 18, 2015 3 2:11 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 6–3 Corey Anderson TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale July 6, 2014 1 1:01 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Light Heavyweight tournament final.
Win 6–2 Mojtaba Najim Wali Decision (unanimous) Gladiators of the Cage: The North Shore's Rise to Power 2 July 20, 2013 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 5–2 Terry Davinney KO (punch) Bellator 82 November 30, 2012 1 0:15 Mount Pleasant, Michigan, United States
Loss 5–1 Mike Mucitelli Submission (triangle choke) Bellator 73 August 24, 2012 1 3:01 Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 5–0 Shawn Levesque Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 57 November 12, 2011 1 4:38 Rama, Ontario, Canada
Win 4–0 Nick Nichols TKO (punches) Bellator 52 October 1, 2011 2 2:29 Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Win 3–0 Brandon Saling Decision (unanimous) Fight Night in the Cage 2 May 28, 2011 3 5:00 Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 2–0 Aaron Johnson KO (punches) Black and Blue Entertainment: Rebel Invasion October 23, 2010 1 N/A Tallapoosa, Georgia, United States
Win 1–0 Manny Okorie Decision (majority) Washington Combat: Battle of the Legends May 15, 2010 3 5:00 Washington D.C., United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Matt Van Buren - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Bellator 52 results and live play-by-play". October 1, 2011.
  3. ^ "Bellator 57 results: Douglas Lima and Alexander Shlemenko win tourney titles". November 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "Bellator 73 results: Vegh stops Wiuff; Galvao takes Season 6 bantamweight crown". August 25, 2012.
  5. ^ "Bellator 82 Results: Good vs. Koreshkov". November 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "'The Ultimate Fighter 19' cast announced with Pendred, Good, Lima, Taleb". March 25, 2014.
  7. ^ "'TUF 19' recap: episode 1". April 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "'TUF 19' recap: episode 9". June 11, 2014.
  9. ^ "'TUF 19' recap: episode 12". July 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Matt Van Buren vs. Corey Anderson". July 6, 2014.
  11. ^ Staff (November 3, 2014). "'TUF 19' finalist Matt Van Buren meets Sean O'Connell at UFC Fight Night 59".
  12. ^ Staff (2015-01-19). "UFC Fight Night 59 bonuses: Of course Conor McGregor nabbed one of the $50K awards".
  13. ^ Staff (2015-06-04). "Jared Cannonier in for Van Buren vs. Jonathan Wilson at UFC Fight Night 74 in Nashville". Retrieved 2015-06-04.
  14. ^ Adrian MacNair (October 16, 2015). "More UFC fighters announce they were released as rumors circulate about massive cull to roster". Retrieved 2015-10-17.

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