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Matt Lindland

Born May 17, 1970 (1970-05-17) (age 39)
Oregon City, Oregon
Other names The Law
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Style Greco-Roman Wrestling, Collegiate Wrestling
Fighting out of Portland, Oregon
Team Team Quest[1]
MMA record
Total 28
Wins 21
By knockout 7
By submission 7
By decision 6
Losses 7
Draws 0
No contests 0
Other information
University University of Nebraska
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Olympic Games
Silver 2000 Sydney -76 kg

Matthew James Lindland (born May 17, 1970) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, 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, in a close race.


Collegiate wrestling

Lindland started wrestling at age 15. He wrestled at the University of Nebraska winning the Big Eight title at 158 in 1993 and becoming an All-American. 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 or defense of offensive moves). After appealing, an arbitrator ordered a rematch for Lindland and Sieracki, in which Lindland won 8-0.[2]

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.[2] Lindland would later earn his nickname "The Law" from the protracted case.[3]

Mixed martial arts

Lindland starting 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.

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. 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 by submission. Lindland defeated Fabio Negao via unanimous decision on July 19, 2008 at Affliction: Banned in Anaheim, California. At Affliction: Day of Reckoning on the 24 Jan 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. [4][5]

On April 13, 2009, Lindland signed a three fight deal with Strikeforce[6] and made his debut again Ronaldo Souza at Strikeforce: Evolution on December 19, 2009. Lindland lost the fight via first round submission.

Personal life and political aspiration

Matt and his wife Angie have two children, a son named James and a daughter named Robin.[7]

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.[8][9][10] 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.

MMA record

Record Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
21–7 Loss Brazil Ronaldo Souza Submission (Arm Triangle) Strikeforce: Evolution 2009-12-19 1 4:18 United States San Jose, California, US Strikeforce Debut
21–6 Loss Brazil Vitor Belfort KO (Punches) Affliction: Day of Reckoning 2009-01-24 1 0:37 United States Anaheim, California, US
21–5 Win Brazil Fabio Nascimento Decision (Unanimous) Affliction: Banned 2008-07-19 3 5:00 United States Anaheim, California, US
20–5 Loss Russia Fedor Emelianenko Submission (Armbar) BodogFight-Clash of the Nations 2007-04-14 1 2:58 Russia St. Petersburg, Russia Heavyweight Bout. Weighed in at 212.5 lbs
20–4 Win Canada Carlos Newton Submission (Guillotine Choke) IFL-Houston 2007-02-02 2 1:43 United States Houston, Texas, US
19–4 Win United States Jeremy Horn TKO (Strikes) IFL-Portland 2006-09-09 2 0:21 United States Portland, Oregon, US
18–4 Loss United States Quinton Jackson Decision (Split) WFA-King of the Streets 2006-07-22 3 5:00 United States Los Angeles, California, US
18–3 Win United States Mike Van Arsdale Submission (Guillotine Choke) Raze MMA-Fight Night 2006-04-29 1 3:38 United States San Diego, California, US
17–3 Win Brazil Fabio Leopoldo Submission (Rear Naked Choke) GFC-Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House 2006-03-03 3 3:25 United States Columbus, Ohio, US
16–3 Win Brazil Antoni Schembri TKO (Strikes) Cage Rage 14-Punishment 2005-12-03 3 3:33 United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom
15–3 Win Canada Joe Doerksen Decision (Unanimous) UFC 54-Boiling Point 2005-08-20 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
14–3 Win United States Travis Lutter Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 52-Couture vs Liddell 2 2005-04-16 2 3:32 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
13–3 Win United States Landon Showalter Submission (Armbar) Sportfight 8-Justice 2005-01-08 1 2:43 United States Gresham, Oregon, US
12–3 Win United Kingdom Mark Weir TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Cage Rage 9-No Mercy 2004-11-27 1 5:00 United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom
11–3 Loss United States David Terrell KO (Punches) UFC 49-Unfinished Business 2004-08-21 1 0:24 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
11–2 Win United States Tony Fryklund Decision Rumble on the Rock 5 2004-05-07 3 5:00 United States Honolulu, Hawaii, US
10–2 Win United States Falaniko Vitale Submission (Strikes) UFC 45-Revolution 2003-11-21 3 4:23 United States Uncasville, Connecticut, US
9–2 Loss United States Falaniko Vitale KO (Slam) UFC 43-Meltdown 2003-06-06 1 1:56 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
9–1 Win United States Phil Baroni Decision (Unanimous) UFC 41-Onslaught 2003-02-28 3 5:00 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
8–1 Win Canada Ivan Salaverry Decision (Unanimous) UFC 39-The Warriors Return 2002-09-27 3 5:00 United States Uncasville, Connecticut, US
7–1 Loss Brazil Murilo Bustamante Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 37-High Impact 2002-05-10 3 1:33 United States Bossier City, Louisiana, US For UFC Middleweight title
7–0 Win United States Pat Miletich TKO (Strikes) UFC 36-Worlds Collide 2002-03-22 1 3:09 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
6–0 Win United States Phil Baroni Decision (Majority) UFC 34-High Voltage 2001-11-21 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US
5–0 Win United States Ricardo Almeida DQ (Repeated Fouls) UFC 31-Locked & Loaded 2001-05-04 3 4:21 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
4–0 Win Japan Yoji Anjo TKO (Strikes) UFC 29-Defense of the Belts 2000-12-16 1 2:58 Japan Tokyo, Japan
3–0 Win United States Travis Fulton Submission IFC 6-Battle at the Four Bears 1997-09-20 1 22:13 United States New Town, North Dakota, US
2–0 Win United States Mark Waters Submission (Strikes) IFC 6-Battle at the Four Bears 1997-09-20 1 2:20 United States New Town, North Dakota, US
1–0 Win Armenia Karo Davtyan TKO (Strikes) WFF-World Fighting Federation 1997-02-14 1 8:34 United States 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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