Matt Horwich

Matt Horwich
Matt Horwich
Born October 2, 1978 (1978-10-02) (age 33)
Pasadena, California, United States
Other names Suave, Multiverse Surfing Sabertooth River Dolphin
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 75 in (190 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Hollywood, California
Team Legends MMA / 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Mixed martial arts record
Total 46
Wins 26
By knockout 3
By submission 20
By decision 3
Losses 19
By submission 4
By decision 15
Draws 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Matthew Peter Horwich (born October 2, 1978) is a journeyman American mixed martial artist. Previously fighting for the Portland Wolfpack of the International Fight League where he held the middleweight championship in 2007, BAMMA and in the UFC, he holds notable wins over past and present UFC fighters Jake Rosholt, Thales Leites, Jason Lambert, Benji Radach, Mike Pyle, Vernon 'Tiger' White and Krzysztof Soszynski.



Growing up, Matt 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 seventeen 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 ten days with the possession of drugs. 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]

Matt 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.[2]

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.[1] He has also trained extensively with accomplished Kickboxer and Muay Thai Fighter Chris Reilly.[3][4] Matt Horwich earned the nickname "Suave" after friends overheard his smooth responses to a Native American who had caught him urinating on reservation land. His alternate nickname "The Fighting Hippy", was acquired due to his extremely unique personality and interests.[5]

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.[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.[6] 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 Fighting Championship 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.[7]

Horwich fought Tom 'Kong' Watson at BAMMA3 as a late replacement for Alex Reid on 15 May 2010 and lost. It was his first fight in Britain.[8]

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.[9]

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.[10]

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 wresting to neutralize any attempt at a takedown and utilized a much improved striking game to win the nod from the judges.[11]

Personal life

Matt Horwich was married the day after his first attempted defense of the IFL Middleweight Championship.[2]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Michał Materla KSW 17 02011-11-26 November 26, 2011 Łódź, Poland To determine the #1 contender for the KSW Middleweight Championship
Loss 26–19–1 Jake Rosholt Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 17: Horwich vs. Rosholt 2 02011-07-15 July 15, 2011 3 5:00 Frisco, Texas, United States
Loss 26–18–1 Danillo Villefort Decision (unanimous) Shark Fights 14: Horwich vs. Villefort 02011-03-11 March 11, 2011 3 5:00 Lubbock, Texas, United States
Win 26-17-1 Jake Rosholt TKO (punches) Xtreme Fight Night - Rosholt vs. Horwich 02010-11-12 November 12, 2010 3 2:56 Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Loss 25–17–1 Eric Schambari Decision (split) Bellator 28 02010-09-09 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 02010-08-14 August 14, 2010 4 0:44 Irvine, California, United States Won PWP Middleweight Championship
Loss 24–16–1 Tom Watson Decision (unanimous) BAMMA 3 02010-05-15 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 02010-04-23 April 23, 2010 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Win 24-14-1 Jason Lambert Decision (split) AMMA 1: First Blood 02009-10-24 October 24, 2009 3 5:00 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Loss 23–14–1 Bryan Baker Decision (unanimous) Bellator 10 02009-06-05 June 5, 2009 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 23–13–1 Ricardo Almeida Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 02009-04-01 April 1, 2009 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Loss 23–12–1 Dan Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC 90 02008-10-25 October 25, 2008 3 5:00 Rosemont, Illinois, United States
Win 23–11–1 Joey Guel Decision (unanimous) IFL: Mohegan Sun 02008-05-16 May 16, 2008 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Loss 22–11–1 Ryan McGivern Decision(unanimous) IFL: Vegas 02008-02-29 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 02007-12-29 December 29, 2007 2 1:58 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Became First IFL Middleweight Champion
Win 21–10–1 Brian Foster Submission (armbar) IFL: World Grand Prix Semifinals 02007-11-03 November 3, 2007 1 3:59 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 20–10–1 Kazuhiro Hamanaka KO (head kick) IFL: Everett 02007-06-01 June 1, 2007 1 2:07 Everett, Washington, United States
Loss 19–10–1 Jamal Patterson Submission (guillotine choke) IFL: Connecticut 02007-04-13 April 13, 2007 1 0:37 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 19–9–1 Brent Beauparlant Submission (kimura) IFL: Atlanta 02007-02-23 February 23, 2007 2 0:28 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Loss 18–9–1 Ryan McGivern Decision (unanimous) IFL: Championship Final 02006-12-29 December 29, 2006 3 4:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 18–8–1 Mike Pyle Submission (rear-naked choke) IFL: World Championship Semifinals 02006-11-02 November 2, 2006 2 1:02 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 17–8–1 Bristol Marunde Decision (unanimous) IFL: Portland 02006-09-09 September 9, 2006 3 4:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 16–8–1 Jamal Patterson Submission (rear-naked choke) IFL: Legends Championship 2006 02006-04-29 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 02006-03-18 March 18, 2006 3 5:00 Manchester, England
Win 16–6–1 Petras Markevicius Submission (rear naked choke) WCFC: No Guts No Glory 02006-03-18 March 18, 2006 1 4:59 Manchester, England
Loss 15–6–1 Brian Ebersole Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie 02006-03-10 March 10, 2006 3 5:00 San Jose, California, United States
Win 15–5–1 Rob Wince Submission (armbar) ACF: Genesis 02006-02-24 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 02005-10-15 October 15, 2005 2 3:28 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 13-5-1 Vernon White Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 12: Breakout 02005-09-16 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 02005-07-09 July 9, 2005 2 0:52 Hull, Quebec, Canada
Loss 11-5-1 Travis Wiuff Decision (unanimous) Extreme Challenge 62 02005-06-18 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 02005-04-30 April 30, 2005 1 2:37 Tacoma, Washington, United States
Loss 10–4–1 Trevor Prangley Decision (unanimous) SF 9: Respect 02005-03-26 March 26, 2005 3 5:00 Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 10–3–1 Chris Kiever Submission (triangle choke) Kickdown Classic 16 02005-02-19 February 19, 2005 2 0:40 Denver, Colorado, United States
Loss 9–3–1 Jason Lambert Submission (punches) WEC 12: Halloween Fury 3 02004-10-21 October 21, 2004 2 3:28 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 9–2–1 Jason MacDonald Submission (armbar) Extreme Fighting Challenge 3 02004-10-16 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 02004-09-23 September 23, 2004 2 0:59 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 7-2-1 Antony Rea Submission (rear-naked choke) APEX: Genesis 02004-09-05 September 5, 2004 2 1:13 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–2–1 Paul Purcell Submission (rear-naked choke) SF 5: Stadium 02004-08-28 August 28, 2004 1 N/A Gresham, Oregon, United States
Win 5–2–1 Mikko Rupponen Submission (triangle choke) PFA: Pride and Fury 02004-06-03 June 3, 2004 3 0:50 Worley, Idaho, United States
Win 4–2–1 Chris Kiever Submission (triangle choke) Cage Fighting Championship 1 02004-05-01 May 1, 2004 1 1:47 Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Loss 3–2–1 Glover Teixeira Decision (unanimous) SF 3: Dome 02004-04-17 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 02004-03-19 March 19, 2004 1 4:45 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 2–1–1 Josh Burkman Submission (triangle choke) SF 1: Revolution 02004-02-21 February 21, 2004 2 2:11 Portland, Oregon, United States
Loss 1–1–1 Rich Guerin Submission (armbar) DesertBrawl 9 02003-11-08 November 8, 2003 1 1:54 Bend, Oregon, United States
vDraw 1–0–1 Shane Davis Draw Ultimate Ring Challenge 6 02003-10-25 October 25, 2003 3 3:00 Longview, Washington, United States
Win 1–0 Cory Devela Submission (rear-naked choke) PPKA: Ultimate Fight Night 2 02003-09-06 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
Succeeded by
Ryan McGivern

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