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"The Law"

22-9-0

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 Portland
  • 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

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:35 Round 1 of 2

Mamed Khalidov
22-8-0 22-4-2

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
22-7-0 17-6-0

Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2010.12.04
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 185.5 lbs | Referee: Mike England
#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
21-7-0 3-1-0

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 | Referee: Shawn Gregory
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:18 Round 1 of 3

Ronaldo Souza
21-6-0 10-2-0

Strikeforce: Evolution
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2009.12.19
Odds: +228 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 185.25 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:37 Round 1 of 3

Vitor Belfort
21-5-0 17-8-0

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 | Referee: Nelson Hamilton
#57 Greatest Knockout of All Time
#28 Greatest Middleweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Fabio Nascimento
20-5-0 8-3-0

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 | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Loss | Submission | Armlock
2:58 Round 1 of 3

Fedor Emelianenko
20-4-0 26-1-0

Russia Regional

2007.04.14
Win | Submission | Choke
1:43 Round 2 of 5, 5:43 Total

Carlos Newton
19-4-0 14-11-0

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
18-4-0 78-14-5

IFL 3: Portland
Main Event

2006.09.09
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Quinton Jackson
18-3-0 24-6-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke

Mike Van Arsdale

Raze MMA

2006.04.29
Win | Submission | Choke

Fabio Leopoldo

Ohio Regional

2006.03.03
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Antonio Schembri

Cage Rage

2005.12.03
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Joe Doerksen
14-3-0 31-6-0

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 | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | Submission | Choke
3:32 Round 2 of 3, 8:32 Total

Travis Lutter
13-3-0 5-1-0

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 | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
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
11-2-0 4-1-0

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
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
9-2-0 15-2-0

UFC 45: Revolution
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2003.11.21
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs | Referee: Larry Landless
Loss | KO/TKO | Slam
1:56 Round 1 of 3

Falaniko Vitale
9-1-0 13-2-0

UFC 43: Meltdown
Preliminary Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2003.06.06
Odds: -500 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Phil Baroni
8-1-0 5-1-0

UFC 41: Onslaught
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2003.02.28
Odds: -140 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ivan Salaverry
7-1-0 9-2-0

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
7-0-0 8-1-1

UFC 37: High Impact
Main Event | Title Challenge | Middleweight | 185

2002.05.10
Weigh-In: 185.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
#85 Greatest Submission of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:09 Round 1 of 3

Pat Miletich
6-0-0 28-5-2

UFC 36: Worlds Collide
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2002.03.22
Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs | Referee: Larry Landless
Win | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Phil Baroni
5-0-0 3-0-0

UFC 34: High Voltage
Main Card | Middleweight | 185 lbs

2001.11.02
Weigh-In: 184.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Disqualificaton
4:21 Round 3 of 3, 14:21 Total

Ricardo Almeida
4-0-0 1-0-0

UFC 31: Locked and Loaded
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2001.05.04
Weigh-In: 194.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:58 Round 1 of 3

Yoji Anjo
3-0-0 0-3-0

UFC 29: Defense of the Belts
Main Card | Middleweight | 90 kg

2000.12.16
Weigh-In: 192.0 lbs | Referee: John McCarthy
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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