|Born||Matthew Peter Horwich|
October 2, 1978
Seattle, Washington, United States
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||185.6 lb (84.2 kg; 13.26 st)|
|Reach||75 in (190 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Hollywood, California, United States|
|Team||Kings MMA / 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu|
|Rank||Brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu |
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
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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. Things were not looking bright as his poor choices continued to lead him in the wrong direction. 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.
Mixed martial arts career
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. He has also trained extensively with accomplished Kickboxer and Muay Thai Fighter Chris Reilly. Matt Horwich earned the nickname "The Fighting Hippy" due to his extremely unusual personality and interests.
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 and well-fought 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 outstandingly defeated the noted striker by Knockout in the second round, becoming the IFL's first ever middleweight champion.
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. 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.
Horwich beat Thales Leites, former UFC Middleweight contender, in an upset on August 14.
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.
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.
Horwich fought Piotr Strus at KSW 25 on December 7, 2013. Though the fan favorite coming into the fight, Horwich lost by majority decision.
Matt Horwich was married the day after his first attempted defense of the IFL Middleweight Championship. Horwich is often described as a hippie who frequently quotes Bible passages and personal aphorisms in conversation. His hobbies include playing guitar and writing music and poetry, mostly themed around his interest in quantum mechanics.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|56 matches||30 wins||25 losses|
|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||Submission (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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|New championship|| 1st IFL Middleweight Champion
December 29, 2007 - February 29, 2008