May 31, 1981 |
Springfield, Illinois, United States
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Fighting out of||Granite City, Illinois|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Matt Alan Veach (born May 31, 1981) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. He is known for his 3 fight stint in the UFC, including his "Fight of the Night" performance against former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar.
Mixed Martial Arts
Matt started wrestling in the sixth grade and competed for 12 years. He was a high school state placer, JuCo All-American and a D-1 NCAA qualifier.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Veach made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens, facing off against UFC veteran, Matt Grice. After getting knocked down in a brief exchange early in the first round, Veach quickly recovered and dropped Grice, following up with punches on the ground as the referee halted the bout at 4:34 of the very first round, giving Matt the win via TKO.
At The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale in a fight against Frank Edgar as a replacement for an injured Kurt Pellegrino, Veach made his second appearance in the UFC. The first round was very close; Edgar controlled most of the standup part of the round, while Veach landed numerous takedowns and slams. However, early in the second round, Edgar caught Veach with an over hand right that stunned him, leaving him open for Edgar to take him to the ground, achieve the back mounted position and sink in a rear naked choke for the win at 2:22 of round two. This marked the first loss of Veach's professional mixed martial arts career.
Maximum Fighting Championships
In February 2011, Veach signed with the Canadian promotion, MFC. His debut came at the main card of MFC 28 against Drew Fickett. Veach took the fight with only five days notice, stepping in for the MFC lightweight champion, Antonio McKee. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||16 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||16-5||Jim Wallhead||Submission (rear-naked choke)||BAMMA 12||9 March 2013||1||3:05||Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, North East England|
|Win||16-4||Zac Kelley||TKO (punches)||C3 Fights - Rumble at Red Rock||August 18, 2012||1||4:58||Oklahoma, United States|
|Loss||15-4||Eric Wisely||Submission (armbar)||Gladiator Cage Fights - Knockout Night 1||April 23, 2011||2||2:49||Marion, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||15-3||Drew Fickett||Submission (armbar)||MFC 28||February 25, 2011||1||0:36||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||Catchweight Bout (160 lbs)|
|Win||15-2||Donavon Winters||Decision (split)||Capital City Cage Wars 6||January 29, 2011||3||5:00||Springfield, United States|
|Win||14-2||Kenneth Rosfort-Nees||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Warriors 38: Young Guns||October 1, 2010||5||5:00||London, England||Won Cage Warriors Lightweight Title|
|Win||13-2||McKenzie Jackson||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Mainstream MMA: Swing Back||August 21, 2010||1||1:26||Cedar Rapids, United States|
|Win||12-2||Kalel Robinson||Decision (unanimous)||28 Productions||June 26, 2010||3||5:00||St. Louis, United States|
|Loss||11-2||Paul Kelly||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 112||April 10, 2010||2||3:41||Abu Dhabi|
|Loss||11-1||Frankie Edgar||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale||December 5, 2009||2||2:22||Las Vegas, United States||Fight of the Night|
|Win||11-0||Matt Grice||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||1||4:34||Tampa, United States|
|Win||10-0||Alex Carter||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Capital City Cage Wars||November 1, 2008||1||1:05||Springfield, United States|
|Win||9-0||Diego Brandao||TKO (injury)||Pro Battle MMA: Immediate Impact||October 4, 2008||2||1:28||Springdale, United States|
|Win||8-0||Brent Mehrhoff||Submission (rear naked choke)||XFO 25: Outdoor War 4||August 9, 2008||2||2:22||Island Lake, United States|
|Win||7-0||Matt MacGrath||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 16: Anger Management||May 9, 2008||3||5:00||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||6-0||Edgar Wade||Submission (rear naked choke)||Iowa Challenge 44||October 6, 2007||1||1:01||Keokuk, United States|
|Win||5-0||Marcus Hermann||Submission (triangle choke)||Iowa Challenge 42||September 9, 2007||1||0:57||Waterloo, United States|
|Win||4-0||Jason West||TKO (punches)||Extreme Challenge 82||August 18, 2007||1||3:24||Springfield, United States|
|Win||3-0||Charles Wilson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Pure Force 4||September 19, 2006||1||4:36||Tinley Park, United States|
|Win||2-0||Adam Therriault||Submission (punches)||Shootfighting Challenge||August 26, 2006||1||2:35||Lincoln, United States|
|Win||1-0||John Chester||TKO||Supreme Fighting Challenge||July 22, 2006||2||N/A||Belleville, United States|