Friday night in his hometown of Portland, Ore., Matt Lindland takes on self-appointed jiu-jitsu black belt and relative MMA novice Kevin Casey at Strikeforce: Challengers.
MMA Fighting: Kevin Casey doesn't have a lot of MMA experience, but what have you see of him on video?
Matt Lindland: I've seen a ridiculous rap video that he should be embarrassed of. I definitely saw that. I saw him fight against an experienced fighter over in Japan when he fought [Ikuhisa] Minowa. He looked good in that fight. And I've seen him take on some guys who are B-level fighters. The only A-level fighter he's fought is Minowa, and he lost, but he looked good in that fight. He's obviously got some skills and he's a talented athlete, but he should stick to fighting and really hone that craft because the rap thing is just ridiculous and silly. He needs to stop doing that. It's embarrassing for him, and someone should tell him. MMA Fighting: In all fairness, I've seen you in a rap video on the internet too.
Matt Lindland: Absolutely, I did the IFL rap video. It was a parody of a rap, but I guess you are absolutely right about that.
MMA Fighting: You haven't fought in about six months, and the last couple of years you've competed somewhat sparingly. Are you happy with that pace?
Matt Lindland: You know, I'd love to get in the ring as frequently as possible. That's the only time you get paid. At this point I don't know how many more fights I'll have in my career and how long it will be, so I'd like to be more active than what I've been, but look who I've fought for. Bodog: folded. WFA: folded. IFL: folded. Affliction: folded. Look at the organizations I've fought for and there's your answer to why I haven't been more active. Unfortunately that's just the nature of this business right now. MMA Fighting: Speaking of the UFC, you continue to be very forthright about what happened in that situation, and in your dealings with promoters in general. Do you think that's cost you some opportunities over the years?
Matt Lindland: I guess that's an uncommon quality, to be honest. I hear that a lot. I'm a straight-forward individual. I have a set of values that I live by and honesty is at the top of the list. I don't feel like I have to kiss anybody's a-- or dance around issues. Maybe it has lost me opportunities. Maybe I should have kissed someone's a-- to get promoted more or become a coach on an ["Ultimate Fighter"] show. It's just not my style, and you look at Dana White and it's not his style either. I would think he might respect that more, but maybe that's not the case.
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