Matt Lindland Running for Office?


Matt Lindland weighs-in for UFC 49: Unfinished Business. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

It seems that Matt Lindland has found something else to do while waiting to return to action…

According to an AP report via KPIC CBS 4 in Roseburg, Oregon, Lindland has decided to run for a vacant seat in the state’s Republican House of Represenatives:

And, as is traditional on the filing deadline day, there were a few last-minute surprises. Republican House hopefuls will include an ultimate fighting champion, middleweight Matt Lindland of Eagle Creek, who is running for the seat vacated by retiring Rep. Patti Smith, R-Corbett.

Lindland’s decision to run for political office comes exactly a week after the Team Quest co-founder announced that he had completely sat out the remainder of his deal with Bodog Fight and had signed a multi-fight contract with a new but currently unknown mixed martial arts promotion, rumored to be linked to popular clothing company Affliction and Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions.

“I lived up to my end of the bargain with Bodog Fight,” Lindland said in a recent interview with MMA Weekly. “I haven’t fought since April, anticipating two more fights with Bodog. I was exclusive with them for that period of time, that’s why I hadn’t done any negotiations outside of that contract. I was upholding my end of the bargain. I was being forthright, but they weren’t doing such. It was very difficult.”

I can’t say I know anything at all about Lindland’s political views. However one has to assume that looking past his mixed martial arts resume, he has a chance to make some noise during his campaign. He’s been a mainstay in Oregon just about his entire life. Him being a former Olympic wrestler and a successful businessman has to help as well.

Touch of gloves to Fight Opinion for the find.

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