|Birth name||Siamak Ghaffari|
|Born||November 11, 1961
|Alma mater||Cleveland State University ’84|
|Height||1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)|
|Weight||130 kg (287 lb)|
|University team||Cleveland State Vikings (1981-84)
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (1979-80)
Siamak "Matt" Ghaffari (// gə-FAR-ee; Persian: سیامک غفاری, Persian pronunciation: [siːɒːmæk-e ɢæˈffɒːɾiː]; 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.
Amateur wrestling career
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.
Mixed martial arts career
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
In 2002, Ghaffari fought a mixed martial arts bout in Universal Fighting-Arts Organization against world judo champion Naoya Ogawa. Ghaffari managed to take Ogawa down and attack him with a brief ground and pound, but back to standing, Ogawa landed a punch which shifted Matt's left eye contact lens and forced him to quit.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||0 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||0-1||Naoya Ogawa||TKO (punch)||UFO Legend||August 8, 2002||1||0:56||Tokyo, Japan|
Professional wrestling career
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Matt Ghaffari|
|Billed height||6 feet 5 inches (196 cm)|
|Billed weight||280 lb (130 kg)|
|Debut||8 December 2002|
After his stint in MMA, Ghaffari stated to work 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 old opponent Naoya Ogawa. They held the championship until April 29, 2003, when they lost it back to Hashimoto and Ogawa.
Championships and accomplishments
- "Matt Ghaffari". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- 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."
- Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors - August News Part 2
- "Matt Ghaffari". wrestlingdata.com. Retrieved November 11, 2014.
- "NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions". Pro Wrestling ZERO-1. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
- "HUSTLE Results: 2004" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- "Pro-Wrestling ZERO-ONE - "01 DIVISION 2003"" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27.
- "Pro-Wrestling ZERO-ONE - "EPICENTER 2002"" (in German). PuroLove.com. Retrieved 2013-10-27.