by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
The IFL returns this season with four new teams and coaches. Two of those new teams will make their debut this weekend in Portland, Oregon. The IFL World Team Championship begins it second season on Sept. 9 and will be headlined by a 185lbs. super fight between UFC veterans Matt “The Law” Lindland and Jeremy Horn. In addition to being the new head coach of the Portland Wolfpack, Lindland is busy in preparation for his anticipated fight with Horn. “The Law” recently took time out of his active schedule to speak with us on MMAWeekly Sound Off Radio.
The former UFC middleweight title contender is coming off of a split decision loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at WFA – King of the Streets in a fight considered controversial by many fans. Lindland said, “I felt pretty confident after the three rounds that I did enough to win the fight. In the first round, I was confident it could have been a 10-8 round. I thought I beat him in every aspect of the fight…it’s hard to say what the judges were looking for that night.” In regards to the WFA, Lindland stated, “I have a contract with them…but they’re supposed to give me three fights by November so I think they’re looking to extend my contract somehow.”
Recently, Lindland has been fighting at light heavyweight and middleweight. When asked about the possibility of moving down to 170lbs., Lindland said, “If it was somebody like Matt Hughes and they were paying me great money, I’d cut to 170.”
Jeremy Horn is a very talented fighter and was widely considered the number one middleweight in the world at one time. Lindland is aware of Horn’s submission skills and commented on Horn saying, “…he’s phenomenal on the ground and his submissions in fighting are the best.”
In addition to training for his super fight, “The Law” is actively preparing his team to face off against Maurice Smith’s Tigersharks. “Everybody is looking sharp and right now there’s just a fantastic energy in the room. Everybody has been able to train according and it’s in our hometown so we’re all pretty excited about that.”
Amid his strenuous schedule, Lindland still finds time to work with Team Quest. “After I kick Jeremy’s ass, I got to go teach a seminar in the morning.”
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