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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
  • 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.

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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

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
#59 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

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

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
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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