Matt Ghaffari

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Matt Ghaffari
Personal information
Born November 11, 1961
Tehran, Iran

Siamak "Matt" Ghaffari (Persian: سیامک غفاری‎; born November 11, 1961 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-American amateur wrestler and professional wrestler. He was a two-time Olympic team member, obtaining a silver medal in the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Early life[edit]

Ghaffari attended Paramus High School in Paramus, New Jersey.[1]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Representing the United States at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Ghaffari reached the final of the Men's Greco-Roman 130 kg, where he lost to Russia's Aleksandr Karelin. In total, he won four World and Olympic Medals.[1]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

He is also known for his short career in professional wrestling in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE, where he won the NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship with Tom Howard on December 15, 2002, by defeating Shinya Hashimoto and Naoya Ogawa.[2] They held the championship until April 29, 2003, when they lost it back to Hashimoto and Ogawa.[2]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0-1 Japan Naoya Ogawa TKO (punch) UFO Legend August 8, 2002 1 0:56 Tokyo, Japan


  1. ^ a b Robbins, Liz. "OLYMPICS; Wrestler Two Victories From Dream", The New York Times, June 24, 2000. Accessed October 17, 2007. "To advance, Ghaffari had to pull out a trick he first used two decades ago at Paramus High School in New Jersey.... At 38, and a loss away from retirement, Ghaffari is still crafty and accomplished, compiling more Olympic and world championship medals than any other Greco-Roman wrestler with four."
  2. ^ a b c "NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions". Pro Wrestling ZERO-1. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pro-Wrestling ZERO-ONE - "01 DIVISION 2003"" (in German). Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  4. ^ "Pro-Wrestling ZERO-ONE - "EPICENTER 2002"" (in German). Retrieved 2013-10-27. 

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