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Matt Horwich is the New Middleweight Champion of the Multiverse


(“Matt Horwich’s ‘Infinitely Accelerating Current Of Creativity’ is a searing literary masterpiece … an engrossing epic about the triumph of the human spirit.” – New York Times Book Review. VidProps: YouTube/KarynBryant)

Lost in the shuffle of our despair over Jens Pulver’s sixth straight defeat and the tedium of Tim Sylvia slouching all over Paul Buentello at PWP’s War on the Mainland show this weekend was that longtime MMA journeyman and noted insane-iac Matt Horwich won the promotion’s middleweight title with a fourth-round submission over Thales Leites. Long a practitioner of Nogueira-style Zombie Fighting – wherein you take as many punches to the face necessary to get the fight to the ground – Horwich weathered some early bluster from Leites before locking on a rear naked choke with less than a minute left in the first championship round. That’s just how the undead do, playboy.

Also true to form, shit didn’t really start to get weird until the post-fight interview, when MMA Heat’s Karyn Bryant caught up with Horwich to get his thoughts on life, the universe and everything. Horwich was only too happy to oblige, talking about his poetry, the relativity of subatomic particles, string theory and submission grappling. If you want to see a textbook example of a reporter doing the “smile and nod” check out Bryant at the 58-second mark, when Horwich mentions for the first time what a “beautiful multiverse” we live in. Cuz she’s a straight-up pro, Bryant immediately marshals the troops and asks Horwich if he’s “going to write a song” about this win. I mean, of course he is. Later, Bryant says something about a fight being a “unity of two bodies.” Dude, Karyn, inappropriate.


The win earned Horwich – an early member of Team Quest now training at Legends MMA in Hollywood – the second “notable” title of his seven-year career. The first came in 2007, when he dealt Benji Radach one of the most improbable knockouts in the history of the sport to become the IFL’s inaugural middleweight champ. Two months later he lost his first title defense to Ryan McGivern. Horwich also made an unsuccessful swing through the UFC in 2008-09, dropping fights to Dan Miller and Ricardo Almeida, and has since been relegated to the independent scene.

The win over Leites, in a fight where Horwich was a late replacement for Falaniko Vitale, has to be considered the biggest of his recent career, given that the Brazilian is at least still listed in the Top 20 – ahead of dudes like Yoshihiro Akiyama, Paulo Filho and Hector Lombard – according to the USA Today/SB Nation MMA rankings. A 4-6 record in his last 10 fights, coupled with his apparent craziness probably makes Horwich a tough sell to any of the major MMA promotions at this point, however. He’s most likely to play out the rest of his career hovering around the .500 mark in smaller shows, while breaking off non sequiturs to whatever journalists are brave enough to stick a mic in front of his face.

For a guy as “unique” as Horwich – who now says his nickname is “The Lion of God, Limit-Smasher” (Get on it, Wikipedia) – that alone has to be considered something of a success.

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SKK BB- January 20, 2011 at 6:54 am
that's one of the most touching and inspiring interviews i've seen. you can call him goofy but i call him awesome. i really admire that guy with his enthusiasm and optimism. he's got a great attitude and he's humble, thoughtful, and graceful. i also think the interviewer did a great job, where others may be caught off guard and react poorly.
macreadysshack- October 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Haha, Horwich is awesome. This is not a joke. This is the absolutely who he is 24/7. Okay, I don't know about 24/7 but I've known him for about six years and what you see here is what you get.

People should lay off him a bit, though. I mean, yeah, he's bonkers but he's also super super nice and he'll roll with anybody. Plus, if you do standup with him, it's just really really fun, k? He is a goddamn juggernaught. I think his skull must be half an inch thicker than a normal humans and don't even think going to the body is going to get you anywhere, either. He gets pissed, too, when you zing him good and comes stalking after you. It's great . . . It's gotta be a lot like bullfighting.

I've always kind of felt sorry for him. I hate feeling pity for other people, I think it's goddamn arrogant, but Jeezuss-tities, man, what a fucking hand to get dealt.

WAR Horwich. I hope you win every fight you ever fight! If anybody ever deserved it, it's you, buddy.
ghostboner- August 18, 2010 at 12:16 am
Ok ok ok, I'd bone Karyn. But not Chandella Glover. No way man. Come on. Just, no way. Ok fine I would bone Glover too. But I would sure as hell not tell about it if I did. And why can't string theory and God both exist?
danomite- August 17, 2010 at 5:05 pm
@RwilsonR

I give up. I was trying to sound smart and you caught me. DAMNIT! oh, and your final whoa was misspelled. YES! I'M THE SMARTEST! I'M THE SMARTEST!
anyways......
ANDERSON SILVA IS OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!! ANGRY WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@Krezer

I'm not hating on the guy. I would love to hang out with him and just laugh my ass off all day, but you gotta admit, this guy is batshit crazy. I know plenty of dumb people, and it doesn't stop me from liking them. To me, being friends with Matt Horwich would be alot like being friends with Kramer from Seinfeld.
Krezer- August 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm
What the hell? Why is everyone hating on this? This is awesome and hilarious.
The ending seals it "My name is Matt "The Lion of God Limit Smasher Horwich".

RwilsonR- August 17, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Whoa, whoa whao dano!

Just because this crazy white monkey starts waxing pseudo-philosophic about things he doesn't understand does not mean that lumping string theory in with God, multi-verses of thought, and the Easter Bunny is correct. While you are right that we can't conclusively prove string theory in an experimental sense, there is pretty good evidence to suggest that much of what is generically being described here as "string theory" accurately explains quite a bit of the quantum particle/wave movement and interaction, and presents some possibilities even in a macro-sense with super-strings. I obviously don't want to get into an argument on an MMA site about the merits of various theories in theoretical physics, since that is just a waste of time. So let me just say that you can't lump in the BS about multi-verses of thought with legitimate scientific theory in claiming it is all bunk.

Of course, as I'm writing this I keep asking myself why the hell I am bothering...

Fuck BJ Penn! I really hate that spoiled, overrated piece of shit. Ahhh.... there. Back to MMA.
Charming Charlie- August 17, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I figured the caption was exaggeration. It's not. It's understated.
danomite- August 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm
WOW! I knew this guy was batshit stupid when I saw him standing on a dock in a trenchcoat on an IFL tv show but just WOW. Him opening his mouth here further proves my theory that you cannot knock out a guy who doesn't have a brain.

I love when these fucking idiots read about quantum physics on Wikipedia and start spouting out words like they know what the fuck they're talking about. Anybody with half a brain who has thought about the subject for more than two minutes would come to the conclusion that string-theory is an unprovable fantasy, right up there with god, and that the idea of multiple universes that are subject to the thoughts and actions of human beings is so goddamned laughable that the only explanation for its acceptance in some corners of the academic community has to be our utterly narcissistic view that somehow the universe was made for us.

Also, I don't know about the racis...i mean haters on here but I would love to be the white stuff in a Karyn Bryant, Danomite, Chandella oreo cookie of love.

oh, and I don't care how dumb/insane he is, "The lion of god, limit-smasher" is one of the best nicknames i've heard in a while.
RwilsonR- August 17, 2010 at 2:49 pm
All I want to know is how the fuck did Jon Fitch and Matt Lindland have a baby together? Was it like a surrogate thing, or some kind of test tube baby?
Mr_Misanthropy- August 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm
BJ Penn is the Geronimo of islanders.
Sudos KFC- August 17, 2010 at 12:51 pm
Great "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" reference in the article BTW

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Mr_Misanthropy- August 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm
Karen Bryant? From the video still I thought it was a deflated looking Carrot Top interviewing Kieth Jardine's inbred cousin Fast Eddie the Meth Cook.

You know- the one that hangs out down there with Spider Mike, Twitch, Scooter, Skeeter, and them boys?
DangadaDang- August 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm
Though I give him mad props for submitting Leites, if you're getting beat up on the feet by him you really need to switch camps...or careers
locoplata00- August 17, 2010 at 11:51 am
i can't tell if this guy has a canadian accent or if he's just retarded
ghostboner- August 17, 2010 at 11:44 am
@Rex - I thought that was the log ride at disneyland made out of a giant pencil with music note coming out to signify the screams of all the innocents...Well, either way, I noticed.
ReX13- August 17, 2010 at 11:29 am
shitbag >> That's all very interesting and everything, but we can't dig it. Just tell us if the fucking cat is dead or not, ok?
shitbag- August 17, 2010 at 11:27 am
Listen you ignorant motherfuckers, ya'll should be up on yer quantum mechanics and string theory!

I don't even need to watch this video. Just remember, ALL of reality might be due to the way a string vibrates. And observing an event may change its motherfucking outcome! Ain't that some weird shit?! And don't even get me started on quantum foam and how at the smallest level of observable reality stability is nonexistent!
k-onda- August 17, 2010 at 11:23 am
WhaaaaAAAA??!!
Oh, I got it, he was trying to talk her into bed - and I'll bet you anything it worked. She was totally diggin it, I can't even believe I've never tried that before.
ReX13- August 17, 2010 at 11:19 am
Can i point out the pencil-flute tattoo? Good. Um.

Check out the pencil-flute tattoo.

Fried Taco- August 17, 2010 at 11:17 am
Bas did say on Inside MMA that Matt was the smelliest fighter he knew of.
rearnakedchickenchoke- August 17, 2010 at 11:15 am
I couldn't bear the verbal diarrhea for more than 1:20 and had to stop it.
DazedNConfused- August 17, 2010 at 11:14 am
haha fuuuck this guy is insane. It's awesome, I hope he somehow makes it into the UFC again. I don't think a unanimous decision loss over Almeida warrants an exit from the UFC. Let's hope he strings out some more crazy wins (Which will hopefully include more of these interviews).
ghostboner- August 17, 2010 at 11:12 am
Karyn Bryant has a jawbone that most skeletons would be jealous of.
agentsmith- August 17, 2010 at 11:09 am
He literally looks and sounds like an insane meth addict.
ReX13- August 17, 2010 at 11:06 am
831 >> Agreed.

And WOW at the amount of crazy here.

Just WOW.
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