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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 wrestlingEdit

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.[1]

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

Mixed martial artsEdit

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. [3][4]

On April 13, 2009, Lindland signed a three fight deal with Strikeforce[5] 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 aspirationEdit

Template:Seealso Matt and his wife Angie have two children, a son named James and a daughter named Robin.[6]

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.[7][8][9] 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 Edit

Template:Start box |- | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Record | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Result | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Opponent | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Method | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Event | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Date | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Round | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Time | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Location | align="center" style="border-style: none none solid solid; background: #f0f0f0"|Notes |- |21–7 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Brazil flag Ronaldo Souza |Submission (Arm Triangle) |Strikeforce: Evolution |2009-12-19 |1 |4:18 |United States flag San Jose, California, US |Strikeforce Debut |- |21–6 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Brazil flag Vitor Belfort |KO (Punches) |Affliction: Day of Reckoning |2009-01-24 |1 |0:37 |United States flag Anaheim, California, US |- |21–5 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Brazil flag Fabio Nascimento |Decision (Unanimous) |Affliction: Banned |2008-07-19 |3 |5:00 |United States flag Anaheim, California, US |- |20–5 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Russia flag Fedor Emelianenko |Submission (Armbar) |BodogFight-Clash of the Nations |2007-04-14 |1 |2:58 |Russia flag St. Petersburg, Russia |Heavyweight Bout. Weighed in at 212.5 lbs |- |20–4 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Canada flag Carlos Newton |Submission (Guillotine Choke) |IFL-Houston |2007-02-02 |2 |1:43 |United States flag Houston, Texas, US |- |19–4 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Jeremy Horn | TKO (Strikes) |IFL-Portland |2006-09-09 |2 |0:21 |United States flag Portland, Oregon, US |- |18–4 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Quinton Jackson |Decision (Split) |WFA-King of the Streets |2006-07-22 |3 |5:00 |United States flag Los Angeles, California, US |- |18–3 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Mike Van Arsdale |Submission (Guillotine Choke) |Raze MMA-Fight Night |2006-04-29 |1 |3:38 |United States flag San Diego, California, US |- |17–3 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Brazil flag Fabio Leopoldo |Submission (Rear Naked Choke) |GFC-Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House |2006-03-03 |3 |3:25 |United States flag Columbus, Ohio, US |- |16–3 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Brazil flag Antoni Schembri |TKO (Strikes) |Cage Rage 14-Punishment |2005-12-03 |3 |3:33 |United Kingdom flag London, England, United Kingdom |- |15–3 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Canada flag Joe Doerksen |Decision (Unanimous) |UFC 54-Boiling Point |2005-08-20 |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |- |14–3 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Travis Lutter |Submission (Guillotine Choke) |UFC 52-Couture vs Liddell 2 |2005-04-16 |2 |3:32 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |- |13–3 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Landon Showalter |Submission (Armbar) |Sportfight 8-Justice |2005-01-08 |1 |2:43 |United States flag Gresham, Oregon, US |- |12–3 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United Kingdom flag Mark Weir |TKO (Doctor Stoppage) |Cage Rage 9-No Mercy |2004-11-27 |1 |5:00 |United Kingdom flag London, England, United Kingdom |- |11–3 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag David Terrell |KO (Punches) |UFC 49-Unfinished Business |2004-08-21 |1 |0:24 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |- |11–2 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Tony Fryklund |Decision |Rumble on the Rock 5 |2004-05-07 |3 |5:00 |United States flag Honolulu, Hawaii, US |- |10–2 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Falaniko Vitale |Submission (Strikes) |UFC 45-Revolution |2003-11-21 |3 |4:23 |United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, US |- |9–2 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |United States flag Falaniko Vitale |KO (Slam) |UFC 43-Meltdown |2003-06-06 |1 |1:56 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |- |9–1 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Phil Baroni |Decision (Unanimous) |UFC 41-Onslaught |2003-02-28 |3 |5:00 |United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, US |- |8–1 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Canada flag Ivan Salaverry |Decision (Unanimous) |UFC 39-The Warriors Return |2002-09-27 |3 |5:00 |United States flag Uncasville, Connecticut, US |- |7–1 |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |Brazil flag Murilo Bustamante |Submission (Guillotine Choke) |UFC 37-High Impact |2002-05-10 |3 |1:33 |United States flag Bossier City, Louisiana, US |For UFC Middleweight title |- |7–0 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Pat Miletich |TKO (Strikes) |UFC 36-Worlds Collide |2002-03-22 |1 |3:09 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |- |6–0 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Phil Baroni |Decision (Majority) |UFC 34-High Voltage |2001-11-21 |3 |5:00 |United States flag Las Vegas, Nevada, US |- |5–0 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Ricardo Almeida |DQ (Repeated Fouls) |UFC 31-Locked & Loaded |2001-05-04 |3 |4:21 |United States flag Atlantic City, New Jersey, US |- |4–0 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Japan flag Yoji Anjo |TKO (Strikes) |UFC 29-Defense of the Belts |2000-12-16 |1 |2:58 |Japan flag Tokyo, Japan |- |3–0 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Travis Fulton |Submission |IFC 6-Battle at the Four Bears |1997-09-20 |1 |22:13 |United States flag New Town, North Dakota, US |- |2–0 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |United States flag Mark Waters |Submission (Strikes) |IFC 6-Battle at the Four Bears |1997-09-20 |1 |2:20 |United States flag New Town, North Dakota, US |- |1–0 |style="background: #ddffdd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |Armenia flag Karo Davtyan |TKO (Strikes) |WFF-World Fighting Federation |1997-02-14 |1 |8:34 |United States flag Birmingham, Alabama, US Template:End box

GrapplingEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

fr:Matt Lindland ja:マット・リンドランド fi:Matt Lindland

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