Fighting out of Carlsbad, California, Stansell was a member of North County Fight Club where he trained with teammates Jason Lambert, Eddie Sanchez, Manny Rodriguez, Jeff W. Clark and other top level MMA fighters.
Although Stansell lost his first two professional bouts, he has gone unbeaten since. His most recent fight was a first round submission victory over then KOTC welterweight champion Thomas "Wildman" Denny. With that victory, Stansell was crowned KOTC welterweight champion.
In 2007, Stansell took a hiatus from fighting and decided to coach other MMA fighters. After working with his own team members at North County Fight Club, Stansell was named an assistant coach in the International Fight League (IFL). Stansell coached under Head Coach Shawn Tompkins as part of the Los Angeles Anacondas.
- Grappling Magazine Article Feb 2007 Article has bio on Stansell
- Sherdog Radio Interview with Stansell
- NC Times Article on MMA Article has bio on Stansell
- ↑ Sherdog Bio on Matt Stansell
- ↑ Sherdog Bio on Jason Lambert
- ↑ Sherdog Bio on Eddie Sanchez
- ↑ Sherdog Bio on Manny Rodriquez
- ↑ Sherdog Bio on Jeff Clark
- ↑ Roy Dean Academy Article mentioning Stansell as first person ever promoted to black belt by Roy Harris.
- ↑ Sherdog Bio on Thomas Denny
- ↑ Fight Sport Results