- Matt Lindland
Matt Lindland Born May 17, 1970
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
Style Greco-Roman Wrestling, Grappling Fighting out of Portland, Oregon Team Team Quest 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.
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. 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.
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. Lindland would later earn his nickname "The Law" from the protracted case.
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.
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. 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. 
Matt was recently choked unconscious by Mamed Khalidov at KSW 16.
On April 13, 2009, Lindland signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce 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.
Lindland Headlined Strikeforce Challengers 8 on May 21, 2010, in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, defeating Kevin Casey.
Personal life and political aspiration
Matt and his wife Angie have two children, a son named James and a daughter named Robin.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mixed martial arts record
Professional record breakdown 31 matches 22 wins 9 losses By knockout 8 4 By submission 7 4 By decision 6 1 By disqualification 1 0 Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes Loss 22-9 Mamed Khalidov Technical Submission (guillotine choke) KSW XVI May 21, 2011 1 1:35 Gdańsk, Poland Loss 22–8 Robbie Lawler KO (punches) Strikeforce: St. Louis December 4, 2010 1 0:50 St Louis, Missouri, United States Win 22–7 Kevin Casey TKO (punches) Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey May 21, 2010 3 3:41 Portland, Oregon, US Loss 21–7 Ronaldo Souza Submission (arm-triangle choke) Strikeforce: Evolution December 19, 2009 1 4:18 San Jose, California, US Loss 21–6 Vitor Belfort KO (punches) Affliction: Day of Reckoning January 24, 2009 1 0:37 Anaheim, California, US Win 21–5 Fabio Nascimento Decision (unanimous) Affliction: Banned July 19, 2008 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, US Loss 20–5 Fedor Emelianenko Submission (armbar) BodogFight: Clash of the Nations April 14, 2007 1 2:58 St. Petersburg, Russia Heavyweight Bout. Weighed in at 212.5 lb Win 20–4 Carlos Newton Submission (guillotine choke) International Fight League: Houston February 2, 2007 2 1:43 Houston, Texas, US Win 19–4 Jeremy Horn TKO (punches) International Fight League: Portland September 9, 2006 2 0:21 Portland, Oregon, US Loss 18–4 Quinton Jackson Decision (split) WFA: King of the Streets July 22, 2006 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, US Fought at Light Heavyweight. Win 18–3 Mike Van Arsdale Submission (guillotine choke) Raze MMA: Fight Night April 29, 2006 1 3:38 San Diego, California, US Win 17–3 Fabio Leopoldo Submission (rear-naked choke) GFC: Gracie vs. Hammer House March 3, 2006 3 3:25 Columbus, Ohio, US Win 16–3 Antonio Schembri TKO (punches) Cage Rage 14 December 3, 2005 3 3:33 London, England, U.K. Win 15–3 Joe Doerksen Decision (unanimous) UFC 54 August 20, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Win 14–3 Travis Lutter Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 52 April 16, 2005 2 3:32 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Win 13–3 Landon Showalter Submission (armbar) Sportfight 8: Justice January 8, 2005 1 2:43 Gresham, Oregon, US Win 12–3 Mark Weir TKO (doctor stoppage) Cage Rage 9: No Mercy November 27, 2004 1 5:00 London, England, United Kingdom Loss 11–3 David Terrell KO (punches) UFC 49 August 21, 2004 1 0:24 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Win 11–2 Tony Fryklund Decision (unanimous) Rumble on the Rock 5 May 7, 2004 3 5:00 Honolulu, Hawaii, US Win 10–2 Falaniko Vitale Submission (strikes) UFC 45 November 21, 2003 3 4:23 Uncasville, Connecticut, US Loss 9–2 Falaniko Vitale TKO (slam) UFC 43 June 6, 2003 1 1:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Matt Lindland accidentally knocked himself out while attempting to take down Vitale. Win 9–1 Phil Baroni Decision (unanimous) UFC 41 February 28, 2003 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Win 8–1 Ivan Salaverry Decision (unanimous) UFC 39 September 27, 2002 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, US Loss 7–1 Murilo Bustamante Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 37 May 10, 2002 3 1:33 Bossier City, Louisiana, US For UFC Middleweight Championship Win 7–0 Pat Miletich TKO (punches) UFC 36 March 22, 2002 1 3:09 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Win 6–0 Phil Baroni Decision (majority) UFC 34 November 21, 2001 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, US Win 5–0 Ricardo Almeida DQ (repeated fouls) UFC 31 May 4, 2001 3 4:21 Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Win 4–0 Yoji Anjo TKO (punches) UFC 29 December 16, 2000 1 2:58 Tokyo, Japan Win 3–0 Travis Fulton Submission (choke) IFC 6: Battle at the Four Bears September 20, 1997 1 22:13 New Town, North Dakota, US Win 2–0 Mark Waters Submission (punches) IFC 6: Battle at the Four Bears September 20, 1997 1 2:20 New Town, North Dakota, US Win 1–0 Karo Davtyan TKO (punches) World Fighting Federation February 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
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- ^ http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Matt-Lindland-276
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- ^ James Pitkin. "Ultimate Fighter Matt 'The Law' Lindland Sued for Alleged Stolen Marijuana". Willamette Week Newspaper. http://wweek.com/portland/blog-26657-juicy_suits_ultimate_fighter_matt_the_law_lindland_sued_for_alleged_stolen_marijuana.html.
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