by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Matt “The Law” Lindland, ranked #3 middleweight in the world by the MMAWeekly World Wide rankings, hasn’t competed since April when he lost to Fedor Emelianenko at Bodog Fights in St. Petersburg, Russia. It’s been six months and Matt Lindland wants to fight.
“It’s been way too long since I’ve gotten back into the ring,” said Lindland. “I have two fights left on my Bodog contract, but I’m not exclusive with them as contracts shouldn’t be. You shouldn’t have to be exclusive with one promoter. I’m pretty much available to whoever wants me to come fight for their organization.”
“If somebody had somebody out there, like say Anderson Silva, that needed to get beat up, I’d be more than happy to step in the ropes and take him on. I think that would be a great match up stylistic wise.”
Lindland was in attendance for UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva’s title defense against Rich Frankiln at UFC 77 on Oct. 20 in Cincinnati, Ohio. When questioned about Silva’s performance, Lindland said, “I thought he looked phenomenal. I’ve always thought he was a good fighter, and he’s getting better and better.”
“His striking is, I think, the best in MMA. I don’t think anybody else uses their striking skills as good as he does. I think my wrestling is the best in MMA. And I think I’d like to match up with him and see if I can close the distance and put him on the ground and out maneuver him on the ground, or see if he can keep the distance and create that space that he needs to do damage. And he doesn’t need much space.”
Questioned about fighting in the UFC again, Lindland said, “I would love to get back in there. If they want to deal like professional businessmen, I would love to work with them.”
“I just want to do it professionally and put everything into a contract because this is a business, and it’s my profession, and it’s how I do business. It’s truth and verify. You can say what you want, but if you can’t verify it with a contract than it means nothing.”
Lindland wants a contract that works to the benefit of both the organization and him. He commented, “I’ve fought good guys, and I’ve never tried to not do that. I just, I don’t want to get stuck in one of those long-term, low-paying contracts to do it. I just don’t think that’s a wise business decision.”
Lindland continued, “I would love to come fight for that organization. They’ve got a lot of good talent. They put on a good show. They’ve got a great product. They understand how to market this sport. They understand how to promote. They’ve got a lot of good things going on for them, but they’re inflexible. It’s either our way or beat it.”
“I’m with the IFL as a coach, and I think that’s another sticking point possibly with the UFC. They want to control every facet of your life. What I do outside of the ropes: coaching, managing fighters, or any of that stuff is irrelevant to what I’m doing as an athlete and who I’m fighting for.”
Lindland simply wants to fight, and the layoff from competition has the former #1 ranked middleweight frustrated. “I think I”m in the prime of my career right now, and I don’t want to squander it away by not fighting,” said the Team Quest fighter.
Currently under contract with Bodog, Lindland was unsure what his future is within the Calvin Ayre owned promotion. “I don’t know where they’re going or what direction they’re heading. I think that’s a question we’ve got to ask from them.”
“The other side of that is who do we ask? Every time we talk to them it seems like it’s somebody different that’s making the decisions in that organization.”