Was Lindland DQ at no gi worlds legit?

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The last controversial wrestling arts disqualification Matt Lindland was involved with ended up in the US Supreme Court.

During the 2000 Sydney Olympic Greco trials in Dallas,Texas, Lindland faced Keith Sieracki in a 167 1/2-pound division qualifying match.

During the match, perhaps inspired by Tyson vs Holyfield in 1997 – the reasons that have never been fully explained – Lindland bit his opponent, drawing blood. Lindland then lost the match 2-1, but complained he had been tripped.

A rematch was ordered, which Lindland won. The US Olympic Committee however refused to change the roster.

Lindland sued, and the case made it to the Supreme Court, where Justice John Paul Stevens left intact lower court rulings that forced Lindland’s reinstatement.

Lindland went on to win a silver medal for the USA.

Stakes this time were lower. But first, this is the bite:

 At the 2012 No Go Worlds last weekend, Matt Lindland competed as a purple belt in the Senior 2 (40+) division, and appears to uppercut opponent Otavio Camargo. Camarago immediately receives medical attention to address any blood issues.

Lindland then appears to shake out his right hand.

Finally, the referee DQed Lindland, leaving Camargo the automatically winner of the division, as they were the sole two competitors.

This time an appeal was made not to the Supereme court, but to The Team Quest Facebook with references to a “phantom punch” and the video below. (alleged uppercut at 2:10 mark)

The BudoVideos live PPV broadcast, which may become available, showed a different and clearer angle of the movement that led to the DQ.