Matt Veach

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Matt Veach
Born (1981-05-31) May 31, 1981 (age 36)
Springfield, Illinois, United States
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Lightweight
Fighting out of Granite City, Illinois
Team H.I.T. Squad
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 16
By knockout 5
By submission 7
By decision 4
Losses 5
By submission 5
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[edit]

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 for Eastern Illinois University.[1]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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.

Veach faced Paul Kelly at UFC 112, losing via second round submission. The loss was his second straight getting him released from his UFC contract.[2]

Post UFC[edit]

After being released from the UFC, Veach continued to train with Matt Hughes and Robbie Lawler at The HIT Squad. He won 4 straight fights in different promotions following his UFC release.

Maximum Fighting Championships[edit]

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.[3] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.


Veach faced off against 'Judo' Jim Wallhead in the main event of BAMMA 12 in Newcastle, England on March 9th, 2013. [4] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–5 Jim Wallhead Submission (rear-naked choke) BAMMA 12 March 9, 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: Supremacy 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, United Arab Emirates
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 Brandão 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


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