Matt Lindland turned a successful wrestling career into an appearance at the Olympics and a career in MMA. Along with way, he opened a gym and ran for a spot in the Oregon House of Representatives.
However, many people tend to remember the negative aspects to Lindland’s career, and as he told MMATraining.com in an exclusive interview, there is nothing he can do about that.
“I’m a world-class athlete. I’ve been ranked as high as #1. I’m an accomplished wrestler, and I’ve won Olympic medals,” said Lindland, who is also part of a documentary detailing the lives of MMA fighters call Fight Life. “I guess that’s not for me to decide, it’s more for the fans to decide. I think I’ve done fairly well athletically. People are looking to sue you because they think you have a lot of money so I don’t know. I don’t think it’s up to me (to decide my legacy).”
As part of the cast of world-renowned MMA fighters in the film, Lindland was asked about his time in the UFC. He pulled no punches, only discussing what happened from his viewpoint.
“Supposedly, it’s about me bashing the UFC, but I ask people all the time, ‘Have you seen it?’” Lindland said. “I only agreed to do the documentary because I get asked questions all the time about my story and people wanted to know who I was. So I said I’ll do it and let people know who I am. In that story, it talks about the growth of MMA and how UFC did a fantastic job in contributing to that growth and how I was blessed to be a part of that. None of it is a bash against UFC, it’s just my story and how I fit the puzzle. I don’t think I was a huge part of it, I was just a piece.”
Lindland went on to add, “Nowhere in there is a negative or deprecating (comment) against the UFC.”
“The Law” holds an overall record of 22-9 with fifteen finishes including as many TKOs as submissions. Among the numerous notches on his professional belt are wins over Carlos Newton, Jeremy Horn, Phil Baroni, and Pat Miletich. He is also currently working with a new company, Takedown Fight Media, covering the entire MMA spectrum with videos, coverage of live events, and more.
MMATraining Take: Lindland’s lawsuit with Dan Henderson involving the use of the name of their gym, Team Quest, seems to have broken up a long-time friendship. Lindland’s name has also been mentioned quite often with Chael Sonnen, as the two have worked together for many years. It remains to be seen how Lindland will be remembered, but it appears as if most people will not remember him for the accomplishments inside the Octagon.