Matt Lindland

Matt Lindland
Matt Lindland
Born May 17, 1970 (1970-05-17) (age 41)
Oregon City, Oregon, United States
Other names The Law
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (83.9 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight
Light Heavyweight
Style Greco-Roman Wrestling, Grappling
Fighting out of Portland, Oregon
Team Team Quest[1]
Years active 1997 - present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 31
Wins 22
By knockout 8
By submission 7
By decision 6
By disqualification 1
Losses 9
By knockout 4
By submission 4
By decision 1
University University of Nebraska
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Pan American Championships
Gold 1994 Mexico City -74 kg
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
World Cup
Silver 1995 -74 kg
Gold 1996 Colorado Springs -74 kg
Pan American Championships
Silver 1997 San Juan -76 kg
Gold 2000 Santiago de Cali -76 kg
Pan American Games
Gold 1999 Winnipeg -75 kg
Olympic Games
Silver 2000 Sydney -76 kg
World Championships
Silver 2001 Patras -85 kg

Matthew James Lindland (born May 17, 1970) is an American mixed martial artist, Olympic wrestler and politician. He won the Oregon Republican Party's nomination for the Oregon House of Representatives, District 52 seat on May 20, 2008.


Collegiate wrestling

Lindland started wrestling at age 15 at Gladstone High School in Gladstone, Oregon. In 1991, he won the junior college 158 lbs national title wrestling for Clackamas Community College.[2] Lindland then went on to wrestle at the University of Nebraska winning the Big Eight title at 158 in 1993. He represented the United States in Greco-Roman Wrestling at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 69–76 kg weight category, winning the silver medal.

Lindland was notable for having secured his spot on the US Olympic team through the courts. In the finals of the United States Olympic trials, Lindland lost to Keith Sieracki, who Lindland had accused of tripping him (under the rules of Greco-Roman wrestling, athletes are not permitted the use of their legs for advantage in defense of offensive moves). After appealing, an arbitrator ordered a rematch for Lindland and Sieracki, in which Lindland won 9-0.[3]

The USOC however sought to keep Sieracki on the team, and appealed in federal court. A federal district judge, then a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, both decided in Lindland's favor. A request for a hearing by the USOC in the Supreme Court of the United States was denied, which settled Lindland's status on the team.[3] Lindland would later earn his nickname "The Law" from the protracted case.[4]

Mixed martial arts

Lindland started mixed martial arts training with Randy Couture, Dan Henderson and others at Team Quest. He won four fights in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship before losing to Murilo Bustamante in a championship match at UFC 37.[5]

Lindland's next loss came at the hands of Falaniko Vitale, who Matt Lindland attempted to slam, only to knock himself out in the process. This self-KO features in many comedy MMA blooper reels and is something that Lindland now laughs about. At UFC 54 Lindland was dropped from the UFC roster for breaking one of the sponsorship and advertising-related terms of his contract by wearing an unapproved T-shirt at the weigh-ins. After his dismissal Lindland continued to corner fighters at UFC events such as in B.J. Penn's bout against Georges St. Pierre. He has also continued his professional MMA career in IFL and Bodog Fight with five wins and two losses, with the two losses coming outside of his weightclass against the future UFC Light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and the Pride Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. After his loss to Jackson, Lindland joined the International Fight League, which also marked Lindland's debut as an IFL team coach – he fought against top twenty middleweight Jeremy Horn. Lindland won by TKO early in the second round. He then beat Carlos Newton at IFL Houston at the 1:43 mark of Round 2 by submission due to guillotine choke.[6][7] Lindland defeated Fabio Negao via unanimous decision on July 19, 2008 at Affliction: Banned in Anaheim, California. At Affliction: Day of Reckoning on the Jan 24, 2009, he was defeated by Vitor Belfort and suffered a devastating KO loss. Lindland is the former coach of the Portland Wolfpack in the International Fight League.

There is currently a documentary called "Fighting Politics", being filmed about Matt and his MMA career. [8]

Matt was recently choked unconscious by Mamed Khalidov at KSW 16.


On April 13, 2009, Lindland signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce[9] and made his debut against Ronaldo Souza at Strikeforce: Evolution on December 19, 2009. Lindland lost the fight via first-round submission by way of arm triangle choke.[10][11]

Lindland Headlined Strikeforce Challengers 8 on May 21, 2010, in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, defeating Kevin Casey.

He fought Robbie Lawler at Strikeforce: St. Louis on December 4, 2010.[12] Lindland was knocked out fifty seconds into the first round.[13]

In addition, he is a "Mixed Martial Arts Management" instructor[14] for the online sports career training school,[15] Sports Management Worldwide, in Portland, Oregon.

Personal life and political aspiration

Matt and his wife Angie have two children, a son named James and a daughter named Robin.[16]

On March 11, 2008, Lindland filed as a Republican to run for the Oregon House of Representatives in District 52. The seat was formerly held by Republican Patti Smith.[17][18][19] Lindland defeated fellow Republican Phyllis Thiemann in the May 20, 2008 primary, 58 to 42 percent. He advanced to the general election and was defeated by Hood River, Oregon Democrat Suzanne VanOrman by around 58 percent to Lindland’s 41 percent.[20]


Lindland appears in the mixed martial arts documentary Fight Life, set for release in the summer of 2011, the film is directed by independent filmmaker James Z. Feng and produced by RiLL Films.[21]


In Early 2011 former training partner Dan Henderson filed a lawsuit in California federal district court against Lindland and his company, Team Quest Fight Club, LLC, alleging trademark infringement, copyright infringement and unfair competition. The lawsuit boils down to the issue of who has the right to use the Team Quest trademarks.[22]

On March 3, 2011 a suit was filed against Lindland in the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Gonzalo Aldana Gamboa regarding the theft of six marijuana plants. The suit alleges that Gamboa was granted permission to grow the plants on Lindland’s property in Eagle Creek, Ore., last October under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). However, Gamboa claims that Lindland would not allow him to collect the marijuana when Gamboa returned in November.[23]

The OMMP is a state registry program which processes applications for medical marijuana identification cards, as well as registering “grow sites.” According to the suit, Gamboa registered the growth and harvest of the six plants with the state in October. He is reportedly seeking $122,880, the estimated street value of the lost marijuana.[24]

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22-9 Poland Mamed Khalidov Technical Submission (guillotine choke) KSW XVI 02011-05-21May 21, 2011 1 1:35 Gdańsk, Poland
Loss 22–8 United States Robbie Lawler KO (punches) Strikeforce: St. Louis 02010-12-04December 4, 2010 1 0:50 St Louis, Missouri, United States
Win 22–7 United States Kevin Casey TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey 02010-05-21May 21, 2010 3 3:41 Portland, Oregon, US
Loss 21–7 Brazil Ronaldo Souza Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce: Evolution 02009-12-19December 19, 2009 1 4:18 San Jose, California, US
Loss 21–6 Brazil Vitor Belfort KO (punches) Affliction: Day of Reckoning 02009-01-24January 24, 2009 1 0:37 Anaheim, California, US
Win 21–5 Brazil Fabio Nascimento Decision (unanimous) Affliction: Banned 02008-07-19July 19, 2008 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, US
Loss 20–5 Russia Fedor Emelianenko Submission (armbar) BodogFight: Clash of the Nations 02007-04-14April 14, 2007 1 2:58 St. Petersburg, Russia Heavyweight Bout. Weighed in at 212.5 lb
Win 20–4 Canada Carlos Newton Submission (guillotine choke) International Fight League: Houston 02007-02-02February 2, 2007 2 1:43 Houston, Texas, US
Win 19–4 United States Jeremy Horn TKO (punches) International Fight League: Portland 02006-09-09September 9, 2006 2 0:21 Portland, Oregon, US
Loss 18–4 United States Quinton Jackson Decision (split) WFA: King of the Streets 02006-07-22July 22, 2006 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, US Fought at Light Heavyweight.
Win 18–3 United States Mike Van Arsdale Submission (guillotine choke) Raze MMA: Fight Night 02006-04-29April 29, 2006 1 3:38 San Diego, California, US
Win 17–3 Brazil Fabio Leopoldo Submission (rear-naked choke) GFC: Gracie vs. Hammer House 02006-03-03March 3, 2006 3 3:25 Columbus, Ohio, US
Win 16–3 Brazil Antonio Schembri TKO (punches) Cage Rage 14 02005-12-03December 3, 2005 3 3:33 London, England, U.K.
Win 15–3 Canada Joe Doerksen Decision (unanimous) UFC 54 02005-08-20August 20, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 14–3 United States Travis Lutter Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 52 02005-04-16April 16, 2005 2 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 13–3 United States Landon Showalter Submission (armbar) Sportfight 8: Justice 02005-01-08January 8, 2005 1 2:43 Gresham, Oregon, US
Win 12–3 England Mark Weir TKO (doctor stoppage) Cage Rage 9: No Mercy 02004-11-27November 27, 2004 1 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom
Loss 11–3 United States David Terrell KO (punches) UFC 49 02004-08-21August 21, 2004 1 0:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 11–2 United States Tony Fryklund Decision (unanimous) Rumble on the Rock 5 02004-05-07May 7, 2004 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, US
Win 10–2 United States Falaniko Vitale Submission (strikes) UFC 45 02003-11-21November 21, 2003 3 4:23 Uncasville, Connecticut, US
Loss 9–2 United States Falaniko Vitale TKO (slam) UFC 43 02003-06-06June 6, 2003 1 1:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Matt Lindland accidentally knocked himself out while attempting to take down Vitale.
Win 9–1 United States Phil Baroni Decision (unanimous) UFC 41 02003-02-28February 28, 2003 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Win 8–1 Canada Ivan Salaverry Decision (unanimous) UFC 39 02002-09-27September 27, 2002 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, US
Loss 7–1 Brazil Murilo Bustamante Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 37 02002-05-10May 10, 2002 3 1:33 Bossier City, Louisiana, US For UFC Middleweight Championship
Win 7–0 United States Pat Miletich TKO (punches) UFC 36 02002-03-22March 22, 2002 1 3:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 6–0 United States Phil Baroni Decision (majority) UFC 34 02001-11-21November 21, 2001 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Win 5–0 Brazil Ricardo Almeida DQ (repeated fouls) UFC 31 02001-05-04May 4, 2001 3 4:21 Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
Win 4–0 Japan Yoji Anjo TKO (punches) UFC 29 02000-12-16December 16, 2000 1 2:58 Tokyo, Japan
Win 3–0 United States Travis Fulton Submission (choke) IFC 6: Battle at the Four Bears 01997-09-20September 20, 1997 1 22:13 New Town, North Dakota, US
Win 2–0 United States Mark Waters Submission (punches) IFC 6: Battle at the Four Bears 01997-09-20September 20, 1997 1 2:20 New Town, North Dakota, US
Win 1–0 Armenia Karo Davtyan TKO (punches) World Fighting Federation 01997-02-14February 14, 1997 1 8:34 Birmingham, Alabama, US


ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

Record of opponents:

  • Won: Yushin Okami.
  • Lost: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza, Fabricio Werdum (armbar)

Collegiate Results NJCAA Collegiate Championships

1991 158 lbs: 1st place

Freestyle Results USA University Freestyle Championships

1994 163 lbs: 1st place

1992 163 lbs: 1st place

Greco-Roman Results FILA World Championships Greco-Roman Results

2001 187 lbs: 2nd place

1998 167 lbs: 6th place

USA Senior Greco-Roman Championships

2001 187.2 lbs: 1st place

2000 167.5 lbs: 1st place

1999 167.5 lbs: 1st place

1998 167.5 lbs: 1st place

1997 163 lbs: 1st place

US Olympic Team Greco-Roman Results

2000 167.5 lbs: silver medal


  1. ^ "Fight Finder: Matt "The Law" Lindland". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Clackamas CC Wrestling History". 
  3. ^ a b "USOC asks Supreme Court to intervene". September 2, 2000. Retrieved July 1, 2007. 
  4. ^ Vogel, Karl (January 20, 2007). "Q&A with Matt Lindland". (Lincoln Star Journal). Retrieved January 9, 2008. "Where did that nickname come from? It’s because I lay down the law in the ring. Actually, it comes from the (Olympic Trials) controversy in 2000." 
  5. ^
  6. ^ - IFL Houston Results, Fight Card, News, Videos, Pictures, and more
  7. ^
  8. ^ Matt Lindlands Documentary
  9. ^ "Lindland Signs With Strikeforce". August 13, 2009. 
  10. ^ - Ronaldo Jacare Souza Submits Matt Lindland At Strikeforce: Evolution
  11. ^ Loretta Hunt. "Lindland-Casey Added to May 21 Strikeforce Challengers". Sherdog. 
  12. ^ "Strikeforce Taps Lawler vs Lindland (Updated)". October 5, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Henderson stops Sobral in one round". SPORTS.ESPN.go. com. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  14. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts Management Course". Sports Management Worldwide. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  15. ^ "This school's all sports". Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  16. ^ Article about his run at the Olympics
  17. ^ Hathcock, Marcus (March 13, 2008). "Two Republicans file for HD52 seat". The Sandy Post. 
  18. ^ "Real-Time Reports on Oregon, National, and World News". May 6, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010. 
  19. ^ Matt Lindland Enters Oregon Political Race, from
  20. ^ Hall, Calvin "VanOrman defeats Lindland in District 52" (November 4, 2008)
  21. ^ Fight Life: MMA Documentary
  22. ^ Tracey Lesetar. "Analysis: Henderson, Lindland Battle Over Team Quest Trademark Rights". Sherdog. 
  23. ^ James Pitkin. "Ultimate Fighter Matt 'The Law' Lindland Sued for Alleged Stolen Marijuana". Willamette Week Newspaper. 
  24. ^ "Report: Lindland Sued Over Medical Marijuana Plants". Sherdog. 

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