May 17, 1970 |
Oregon City, Oregon, United States
|Other names||The Law|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|Style||Greco-Roman Wrestling, Wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Portland, Oregon|
|Years active||1997 - present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||University of Nebraska|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|Competitor for United States|
|Men's Freestyle wrestling|
|Pan American Championships|
|Gold||1994 Mexico City||-74 kg|
|Men's Greco-Roman wrestling|
|Gold||1996 Colorado Springs||-74 kg|
|Pan American Championships|
|Silver||1997 San Juan||-76 kg|
|Gold||2000 Santiago de Cali||-76 kg|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||1999 Winnipeg||-75 kg|
|Silver||2000 Sydney||-76 kg|
|Silver||2001 Patras||-85 kg|
Matthew James Lindland, also known as The Law (born May 17, 1970), is an American mixed martial artist, 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. He holds notable MMA wins over Travis Fulton, Ricardo Almeida, Phil Baroni(2x), Pat Miletich, Falaniko Vitale, Tony Fryklund, Mark Weir, Travis Lutter, Joe Doerksen, Jeremy Horn, and Carlos Newton.
Lindland then went on to wrestle at the University of Nebraska, Division 1 of the NCAA. He won the Big Eight title at 158 in 1993. Following up that title, Lindland had a record of 36-0 for the 1993 season going into the National Tournament, and was the #1 ranked wrestler for his weight class. He suffered an upset in the first round of the tournament however, and did not place. Following his college career Lindland began to compete in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman events, finding success in both but ultimately deciding to concentrate all his effort upon the Greco-Roman style.
The highpoint of his career was when 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. His mixed martial arts career had actually started 3 years prior, having fought at events such as IVC 6, and it is notable that he continued to compete in amateur wrestling as well as mma following his olympic competition. Following his first UFC match, at UFC 29, Lindland managed to secure a silver medal at the world championships and a U.S. National title in 2001. Lindland was still a top 10 ranked wrestler in his weight class for the nation until 2004, when his wrestling career finally came to an end, already being a veteran of over a dozen mma fights as well, including competing in a title match.
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 in defense of offensive moves). After appealing, an arbitrator ordered a rematch for Lindland and Sieracki, in which Lindland won 9-0.
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 States 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 started 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 at UFC 37.
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. This self-KO features in many comedy MMA blooper reels and is something that Lindland now laughs about. After his dismissal from the UFC, 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 BodogFight 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 former Pride Heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko. After his World Fighting Alliance loss to Jackson, Lindland joined the International Fight League, which also marked Lindland's debut as an IFL team coach – he fought against Jeremy Horn. Lindland won by TKO early in the second round. He then beat Carlos Newton at IFL Houston at the 1:43 mark of Round 2 by submission due to guillotine choke. Lindland defeated Fabio Negao via unanimous decision on July 19, 2008 at Affliction: Banned in Anaheim, California. At Affliction: Day of Reckoning on the Jan 24, 2009, he was defeated by Vitor Belfort. 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. 
Matt was recently choked unconscious by Mamed Khalidov at KSW 16.
On April 13, 2009, Lindland signed a three-fight deal with Strikeforce and made his debut against Ronaldo Souza at Strikeforce: Evolution on December 19, 2009. Lindland lost the fight via first-round submission by way of arm triangle choke.
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, Oregon Democrat Suzanne VanOrman by around 52 percent to Lindland’s 48 percent.
TV show appearance. Matt Lindland and Ed Herman guest star on the hit TV series "LEVERAGE" July 22, 2011. He played an MMA Fighter.
In Early 2011 former training partner Dan Henderson filed a lawsuit in California federal district court against Lindland and his company, Team Quest Fight Club, LLC, alleging trademark infringement, copyright infringement and unfair competition. The lawsuit boils down to the issue of who has the right to use the Team Quest trademarks.
On March 3, 2011 a suit was filed against Lindland in the Multnomah County Circuit Court by Gonzalo Aldana Gamboa regarding the theft of six marijuana plants. The suit alleges that Gamboa was granted permission to grow the plants on Lindland’s property in Eagle Creek, Ore., last October under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). However, Gamboa claims that Lindland would not allow him to collect the marijuana when Gamboa returned in November.
According to the suit, Gamboa registered the growth and harvest of the six plants with the state in October. He is reportedly seeking $122,880, the estimated street value of the lost marijuana.
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|31 matches||22 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||22-9||Mamed Khalidov||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||KSW XVI||May 21, 2011||1||1:35||Gdańsk, Poland|
|Loss||22–8||Robbie Lawler||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||December 4, 2010||1||0:50||St Louis, Missouri, United States|
|Win||22–7||Kevin Casey||TKO (punches)||Strikeforce Challengers: Lindland vs. Casey||May 21, 2010||3||3:41||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||21–7||Ronaldo Souza||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Strikeforce: Evolution||December 19, 2009||1||4:18||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||21–6||Vitor Belfort||KO (punches)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||January 24, 2009||1||0:37||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||21–5||Fabio Nascimento||Decision (unanimous)||Affliction: Banned||July 19, 2008||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||20–5||Fedor Emelianenko||Submission (armbar)||BodogFight: Clash of the Nations||April 14, 2007||1||2:58||St. Petersburg, Russia||Heavyweight Bout. Weighed in at 212.5 lb|
|Win||20–4||Carlos Newton||Submission (guillotine choke)||IFL: Houston||February 2, 2007||2||1:43||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||19–4||Jeremy Horn||TKO (punches)||IFL: Portland||September 9, 2006||2||0:21||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||18–4||Quinton Jackson||Decision (split)||WFA: King of the Streets||July 22, 2006||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States||Fought at Light Heavyweight.|
|Win||18–3||Mike Van Arsdale||Submission (guillotine choke)||Raze MMA: Fight Night||April 29, 2006||1||3:38||San Diego, California, United States|
|Win||17–3||Fabio Leopoldo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||GFC: Gracie vs. Hammer House||March 3, 2006||3||3:25||Columbus, Ohio, United States|
|Win||16–3||Antonio Schembri||TKO (punches)||Cage Rage 14||December 3, 2005||3||3:33||London, England, U.K.|
|Win||15–3||Joe Doerksen||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 54||August 20, 2005||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–3||Travis Lutter||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 52||April 16, 2005||2||3:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–3||Landon Showalter||Submission (armbar)||Sportfight 8: Justice||January 8, 2005||1||2:43||Gresham, Oregon, United States|
|Win||12–3||Mark Weir||TKO (doctor stoppage)||Cage Rage 9: No Mercy||November 27, 2004||1||5:00||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||11–3||David Terrell||KO (punches)||UFC 49||August 21, 2004||1||0:24||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||11–2||Tony Fryklund||Decision (unanimous)||ROTR 5-Rumble on the Rock 5||May 7, 2004||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||10–2||Falaniko Vitale||Submission (strikes)||UFC 45||November 21, 2003||3||4:23||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Falaniko Vitale||KO (slam)||UFC 43||June 6, 2003||1||1:56||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Matt Lindland accidentally knocked himself out while attempting to take down Vitale.|
|Win||9–1||Phil Baroni||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 41||February 28, 2003||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||8–1||Ivan Salaverry||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 39||September 27, 2002||3||5:00||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|Loss||7–1||Murilo Bustamante||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 37||May 10, 2002||3||1:33||Bossier City, Louisiana, United States||For UFC Middleweight Championship|
|Win||7–0||Pat Miletich||TKO (punches)||UFC 36||March 22, 2002||1||3:09||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–0||Phil Baroni||Decision (majority)||UFC 34||November 21, 2001||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||5–0||Ricardo Almeida||DQ (repeated fouls)||UFC 31||May 4, 2001||3||4:21||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||4–0||Yoji Anjo||TKO (punches)||UFC 29||December 16, 2000||1||2:58||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0||Travis Fulton||Submission (choke)||IFC 6: Battle at the Four Bears||September 20, 1997||1||22:13||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||2–0||Mark Waters[disambiguation needed]||Submission (punches)||IFC 6: Battle at the Four Bears||September 20, 1997||1||2:20||New Town, North Dakota, United States|
|Win||1–0||Karo Davtyan||TKO (punches)||World Fighting Federation||February 14, 1997||1||8:34||Birmingham, Alabama, United States|
Submission Grappling 
ADCC World Submission Wrestling Championships
Record of opponents:
- Won: Yushin Okami.
- Lost: Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza, Fabricio Werdum (armbar)
Folkstyle Wrestling 
NJCAA Collegiate Championships 1991 158 lbs: 1st place
NCAA Division 1 Tournament Seed 1993 163 lbs: 1st place
Freestyle Wrestling 
USA University Freestyle Championships
1992 163 lbs: 1st place
1994 163 lbs: 1st place
Greco-Roman Wrestling 
USA Senior Greco-Roman Championships
1995 163 lbs: 1st place
1998 167.5 lbs: 1st place
1999 167.5 lbs: 1st place
2000 167.5 lbs: 1st place
2001 187.2 lbs: 1st place
FILA World Championships
1998 167 lbs: 6th place
2001 187 lbs: 2nd place
2000 167.5 lbs: silver medal
- "Fight Finder: Matt "The Law" Lindland". Sherdog. 2007. Retrieved August 15, 2007. Unknown parameter
- "Clackamas CC Wrestling History".
- "USOC asks Supreme Court to intervene". Canoe.ca. September 2, 2000. Retrieved July 1, 2007.
- Vogel, Karl (January 20, 2007). "Q&A with Matt Lindland". HuskerExtra.com (Lincoln Star Journal). Retrieved January 9, 2008. "Where did that nickname come from? It’s because I lay down the law in the ring. Actually, it comes from the (Olympic Trials) controversy in 2000."
- http://www.sherdog.com/events/IFL-Houston-4667 - IFL Houston Results, Fight Card, News, Videos, Pictures, and more
- Matt Lindlands Documentary
- "Lindland Signs With Strikeforce". MMAWeekly.com. August 13, 2009.
- http://martialarts.about.com/b/2009/12/19/ronaldo-jacare-souza-submits-matt-lindland-at-strikeforce-evolution.htm - Ronaldo Jacare Souza Submits Matt Lindland At Strikeforce: Evolution
- Loretta Hunt. "Lindland-Casey Added to May 21 Strikeforce Challengers". Sherdog.
- "Strikeforce Taps Lawler vs Lindland (Updated)". MMAWeekly.com. October 5, 2010.
- "Henderson stops Sobral in one round". SPORTS.ESPN.go. com. 2010-12-04. Retrieved 2010-12-07.
- "Mixed Martial Arts Management Course". Sports Management Worldwide. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- "This school's all sports". Portlandtribune.com. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- Article about his run at the Olympics
- Hathcock, Marcus (March 13, 2008). "Two Republicans file for HD52 seat". The Sandy Post.
- "Real-Time Reports on Oregon, National, and World News". OregonLive.com. May 6, 2010. Retrieved June 6, 2010.
- Matt Lindland Enters Oregon Political Race, from MMAjunkie.com
- Fight Life: MMA Documentary
- Tracey Lesetar. "Analysis: Henderson, Lindland Battle Over Team Quest Trademark Rights". Sherdog.
- James Pitkin. "Ultimate Fighter Matt 'The Law' Lindland Sued for Alleged Stolen Marijuana". Willamette Week Newspaper.
- "Report: Lindland Sued Over Medical Marijuana Plants". Sherdog.
- Official Website of Coach Matt Lindland
- Professional MMA record for Matt Lindland from Sherdog
- Olympic profile at sports-reference.com
- Matt Lindland at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame