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Matthew James Lindland (born May 17, 1970) is an Americanmarker 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.

Before he competed in the Olympics, 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.

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 Statesmarker 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 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, Californiamarker.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.

On April 13, 2009, Lindland signed a three fight deal with Strikeforce and expects to be placed on the card for their next event. He has now signed to meet top contender & DREAM vet Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza.

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, Oregonmarker Democrat Suzanne VanOrman.

MMA record

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

Grappling

ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships

Record of opponents:

  • Won: Yushin Okami.


  • Lost: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza, Fabricio Werdum (armbar)


Collegiate ResultsNJCAA Collegiate Championships

1991158 lbs: 1st place

Freestyle ResultsUSA University Freestyle Championships

1994163 lbs: 1st place

1992163 lbs: 1st place

Greco-Roman ResultsFILA World Championships Greco-Roman Results

2001187 lbs: 2nd place

1998167 lbs: 6th place

USA Senior Greco-Roman Championships

2001187.2 lbs: 1st place

2000167.5 lbs: 1st place

1999167.5 lbs: 1st place

1998167.5 lbs: 1st place

1997163 lbs: 1st place

US Olympic Team Greco-Roman Results

2000167.5 lbs: silver medal

References

  1. Matt Lindlands Documentary
  2. MMA Weekly Middleweight Top Ten Rankings. Retrieved May 25, 2006
  3. http://www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=9369&zoneid=2. Retrieved April 13, 2009
  4. Article about his run at the Olympics
  5. http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/regional/index.ssf?/base/news-23/120528594334570.xml&storylist=orlocal
  6. Matt Lindland Enters Oregon Political Race, from MMAjunkie.com


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