Matt Ghaffari

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Most Decorated GR Wrestler in USA History - Matt Ghaffari 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist
Matt Ghaffari 1996 Olympic Silver Medalist - Most Decorated GR Wrestler in USA History
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Siamak "Matt" Ghaffari (/ɡəˈfɑːri/ gə-FAR-ee;[1] Persian: سیامک غفاری‎, Persian pronunciation: [siːɒːmæk-e ɢæˈffɒːɾiː]; born November 11, 1961 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-American amateur wrestler, MMA Fighter and professional wrestler. Matt Ghaffari was a two-time USA Olympic team member, obtaining a silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. Ghaffari is one of the most accomplished and decorated Greco-Roman wrestlers in U.S.A. history with 3 USA Records.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ghaffari attended Paramus High School in Paramus, New Jersey.[2]

Ghaffari's biggest High School match was pinning Ron Dini of Pascack Hills High School NJ power house and Sealed the dual meet win 27-17 after that Paramus went on to be undefeated in 1979 and were NNJIL Champions.

Amateur wrestling career[edit]

Representing the United States at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games and 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games, Ghaffari reached the final of the heavyweight Men's Greco-Roman 130 kg division, where he lost a very close match 0-1 to Russia's 2-time Olympic champion Aleksandr Karelin in overtime. [2] Ghaffari is holder of 3 American Records; the only USA Greco- Roman wrestler with total of four World and Olympic Medals, plus 4-time World Cup Champion, also 9-time Pan-American Champion! All 3 are USA Wrestling Records. Matt was 7-time USA National Wrestling Champion and 2-time USA Olympic Committee Greco-Roman Athlete of the Year.[2]

Matt Ghaffari
Personal information
Birth name Siamak Ghaffari
Born November 11, 1961 (1961-11-11) (age 56)
Tehran, Iran
Residence Cleveland, Ohio
Education MBA
Alma mater

Case Western Reserve University '03

Cleveland State University ’84
Years active 1984–2000
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 130 kg (287 lb)
Country  United States
Sport Amateur wrestling
Event(s) Greco-Roman
University team Cleveland State Vikings (1981–84)
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (1979–80)

NYAC 1980-1984

Sunkist Kids 1984-2000

Distinguished Member of USA National Wrestling Hall of Fame class of 2013 [3]

Member Cleveland State University Hall of Fame class of 2006

Member Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame class of 2003 [4]

Winner of Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation Inspiration Award

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Most Decorated GR Wrestler in USA History - 1992 Olympic Picture with all World Cups and Medals
1992 Olympic Picture with all World Cups and Medals - Most Decorated GR Wrestler in USA History
Matt Ghaffari
Ghaffari, Matt New Head Shot.jpg
Division Heavyweight
Years active 2002
Mixed martial arts record
Total 1
Wins 0
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

In 2002, Ghaffari fought in Tokyo Dome in front of 28,000 spectators a mixed martial arts bout in UFO- Universal Fighting-Arts Organization against judo Olympic Silver Medalist 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.[3]

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

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Matt Ghaffari
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Matt Ghaffari[4]
Billed height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)[4]
Billed weight 280 lb (130 kg)[4]
Debut 8 December 2002[4]

In 1996, Ghaffari was scouted by professional wrestling promotion World Championship Wrestling and was featured in several vignettes, but did not sign up with the company.[5]

After his stint in MMA, Ghaffari stated to work 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.[6] They held the championship until April 29, 2003, when they lost it to Hashimoto and Ogawa.[6]

In 2004, Ghaffari made an apparition for HUSTLE, pinning Ogawa after a beatdown from the heel faction Monster Army (Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Dusty Rhodes Jr., Giant Silva and Dan Bobish).[7]

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]


  1. ^ "Matt Ghaffari". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ 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."
  3. ^ Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors – August News Part 2
  4. ^ a b c d "Matt Ghaffari". Retrieved November 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Dimitri Groell, Jan Niedbala, La face cachée du catch: Ring, Coulisses & Business
  6. ^ a b c "NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Champions". Pro Wrestling ZERO-1. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  7. ^ "HUSTLE Results: 2004" (in German). Retrieved 2014-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Pro-Wrestling ZERO-ONE - "01 DIVISION 2003"" (in German). Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  9. ^ "Pro-Wrestling ZERO-ONE - "EPICENTER 2002"" (in German). Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  10. ^ "NWA ZERO-ONE O-300 Super Heavyweight Champions". Retrieved July 6, 2016. 
  • 1A- USA Wrestling National Hall Of Fame [5]

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