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"The Law"

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Matt Lindland

Matt "The Law" Lindland

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  • Name: Matt Lindland
  • Professional MMA Record: 22-9-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Law
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 44 | Date of Birth: 1970.05.17
  • Last Fight: May 21, 2011 in KSW
  • Weight Class: Middleweight | Last Weigh-In: 187.8 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Quest
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $716,000 USD
  • Born: United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  Promoter
  • Fighting out of: Oregon City, Oregon
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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Matt Lindland was a decorated Greco-Roman wrestler long before he competed in professional mixed martial arts, having been an All American for the University of Nebraska prior to winning a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games. Lindland began fighting in mixed martial arts in 1997, training with other Greco-Roman wrestlers such as Randy Couture and Dan Henderson out of Team Quest in Portland, Oregon.


Throughout his lengthy career, Lindland has fought and defeated some of the best fighters in the middleweight and light heavyweight divisions, counting the likes of Phil Baroni, Pat Miletich, and Carlos Newton on his official victims list. In addition to those wins, Lindland has competed against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, losing a razor-thin Split Decision in 2006, and he has also tangled with heavyweight king Fedor Emelianenko above his natural weight class.


Lindland’s unremarkable physique belies the extraordinary strength and base that only a lifetime of top-flight wrestling competition can impart. Plan A for Lindland is always to take opponents to the canvas and maul them from whatever top position happens to be available. It has proven an effective approach time and again. Apart from his MMA career, Lindland is a dedicated politician who ran as a Republican for the Oregon House of Representatives in 2008. Lindland was defeated in the general election after his opponent ran a negative campaign against him that focused on his fighting career.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 10:59 PM ET
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Matt Lindland MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:35 Round 1 of 2
Mamed Khalidov
KSW 16: Konfrontacja
Main Event | Catchweight | 187 lbs
2011.05.21
Weigh-In: 187.834 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:50 Round 1 of 3
Robbie Lawler
Ref: Mike England
Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.12.04
Odds: +175 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
#15 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Cancelled Bout Luke Rockhold Strikeforce 2010.10.09
Reason: Rockhold Shoulder Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:41 Round 3 of 3, 13:41 Total
Kevin Casey
Ref: Shawn Gregory
Strikeforce Challengers 8: Lindland vs Casey
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2010.05.22
Odds: -305 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $1,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:18 Round 1 of 3
Ronaldo Souza
Ref: John McCarthy
Strikeforce: Evolution
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2009.12.19
Odds: +228 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.25 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:37 Round 1 of 3
Vitor Belfort
Ref: Nelson Hamilton
Affliction 2: Day of Reckoning
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2009.01.24
Odds: -158 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $225,000 Base | Weigh-In: 186.0 lbs
#57 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#29 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Fabio Nascimento
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
Affliction 1: Banned
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2008.07.19
Odds: -406 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $300,000 ($225K Base, $75K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Armlock
2:58 Round 1 of 3
Fedor Emelianenko
Bodog Fight - Clash of the Nations 2007.04.14
Win | Submission | Choke
1:43 Round 2 of 5, 5:43 Total
Carlos Newton
IFL 8: Houston
Main Event | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2007.02.02
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
0:21 Round 2 of 3, 4:21 Total
Jeremy Horn
IFL 3: Portland
Main Event
2006.09.09
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Quinton Jackson
Ref: Herb Dean
WFA 4: King of the Streets
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2006.07.22
Odds: +170 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $70,000 Base | Weigh-In: 200.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke Mike Van Arsdale Raze MMA 2006.04.29
Win | Submission | Choke Fabio Leopoldo GFC 2006.03.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Antonio Schembri Cage Rage 2005.12.03
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Joe Doerksen
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 54: Boiling Point
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2005.08.20
Odds: -325 Moderate Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke
3:32 Round 2 of 3, 8:32 Total
Travis Lutter
Ref: Steve Mazzagatti
UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2005.04.16
Odds: -185 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Armlock Landon Showalter SportFight 2005.01.08
Win | KO/TKO | Injury Mark Weir Cage Rage 2004.11.27
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:24 Round 1 of 3
David Terrell
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 49: Unfinished Business
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2004.08.21
Odds: -130 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
#78 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous Tony Fryklund Rumble on the Rock 2004.05.07
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:23 Round 3 of 3, 14:23 Total
Falaniko Vitale
Ref: Larry Landless
UFC 45: Revolution
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2003.11.21
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Slam
1:56 Round 1 of 3
Falaniko Vitale
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 43: Meltdown
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2003.06.06
Odds: -500 Heavy Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Phil Baroni
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 41: Onslaught
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2003.02.28
Odds: -140 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Ivan Salaverry
UFC 39: The Warriors Return
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2002.09.27
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:33 Round 3 of 5, 11:33 Total
Murilo Bustamante
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 37: High Impact
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185
2002.05.10
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:09 Round 1 of 3
Pat Miletich
Ref: Larry Landless
UFC 36: Worlds Collide
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2002.03.22
Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Phil Baroni
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 34: High Voltage
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs
2001.11.02
Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs
Win | Disqualificaton
4:21 Round 3 of 3, 14:21 Total
Ricardo Almeida
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs
2001.05.04
Weigh-In: 194.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:58 Round 1 of 3
Yoji Anjo
Ref: John McCarthy
UFC 29: Defense of the Belts
Main Card | Middleweight | 90 kg
2000.12.16
Weigh-In: 192.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Punches Mark Waters International Fighting Championship 1997.09.20
Win | Submission | Choke Travis Fulton International Fighting Championship 1997.09.20
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Karo Davtyan World Fighting Federation 1997.02.14

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