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7/12/11 2:08 PM
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LayzieTheSavage
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Hours before Matt Lindland's last bout in Strikeforce, I received a press screener of Fighting Politics which is essentially an independent documentary that revolves around the reason Matt Lindland was really cut from the UFC, and it wasn't because he was wearing a 'Sportsbook' shirt. Despite being one of the rawest middleweights to ever hit UFC, the documentary claims that Dana White cut Matt Lindland from their lineup in order to push Rich Franklin as 'the face of UFC'. The reason, of course, was that Franklin was more 'aesthetically pleasing' than Lindland. Rich Franklin didn't hunch over, he had all of his hair and most importantly, he didn't look like he spent his entire life defending Middle Earth. In short, Matt Lindland was a frate trane and the only way Dana White could derail him was to allegedly cut him from the roster over something as insignificant as a shirt. Keep in mind that Tito Ortiz wore '[Expletive] Dana White' to a weigh-in and not only was he welcomed back to UFC, but went on to coach a season of The Ultimate Fighter.

Losing to Vitor Belfort and Jacare is probably a great honor in some third-world countries. Just two fights prior to Lindland's Affliction debut, he fought Fedor as a heavyweight in Bodog and took down Fedor at will. You could even argue that if it weren't for Fedor holding on to the ropes as Lindland slammed him to the ground, the fight would have veered a different direction. Of course, if we lived in a world of 'ifs' then the terrorists would win.

LayzieTheSavage caught up with Matt Lindland and he told us that he has no intention to leave MMA, but his days of competing are pretty much over.


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7/12/11 2:11 PM
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With all due respect, I cant imagine many people are itching to see him fight again!
7/12/11 2:11 PM
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7/12/11 2:30 PM
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 This was pretty  much the end :



He had a great career though
7/12/11 2:30 PM
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I rememeber when I approached Joey Oddessa about working with Evan Tanner. We worked with Sportsbook.com and put together a great sponsorship deal. Tanner went to get Matt 5k just to corner him and then brought the rest of TQ on board. Matt and Randy then went on to try to charge Evan a % of the sponsorship he brought to the table.

7/12/11 2:32 PM
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Huge props for posting the content here.


TTT for contributions without links.
7/12/11 3:06 PM
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Good to see matt hanging it up, no one wants to see him napping in the ring again. He still has a ton to offer as a coach and wrestling specalist and should be a fixture of MMA for a long time as a trainer.
7/12/11 3:32 PM
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He's done enough. He's one of the top MWs of his day.
7/12/11 3:37 PM
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He needs a retirement match against Manhoef....
7/12/11 3:50 PM
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 Lindland will be looked back on as a go-to example of how MMA differs from legitimate, rankings based sports where being good and beating most opponents is enough.

The Terrell upset hurt him badly, he was ready to get back into title contention after being out-classed by Busta.
7/12/11 3:52 PM
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Golden Boy - I rememeber when I approached Joey Oddessa about working with Evan Tanner. We worked with Sportsbook.com and put together a great sponsorship deal. Tanner went to get Matt 5k just to corner him and then brought the rest of TQ on board. Matt and Randy then went on to try to charge Evan a % of the sponsorship he brought to the table.




Well what can you expect from a guy who sued his way into the olympic team
7/12/11 4:05 PM
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7/12/11 4:33 PM
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His book was one of my favorite technical breakdowns of MMA.
7/12/11 6:18 PM
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Golden Boy - I rememeber when I approached Joey Oddessa about working with Evan Tanner. We worked with Sportsbook.com and put together a great sponsorship deal. Tanner went to get Matt 5k just to corner him and then brought the rest of TQ on board. Matt and Randy then went on to try to charge Evan a % of the sponsorship he brought to the table.


 yup

RIP Evan Tanner





7/12/11 6:33 PM
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Robbie Lawler laid his legs down ever so gently
7/12/11 10:10 PM
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.....in other news, UG news reports sky is blue, hell is hot, and I have a micro penis. Of course lindland is done.
7/12/11 10:34 PM
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RyannVonDoom - Good riddance IMO.

7/12/11 10:37 PM
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Whoever wrote that shit in the OP's post is an idiot w/ a transparent agenda.


Linland is a known cheater and boring as shit to watch. Good riddance.
7/12/11 10:46 PM
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SKARHEAD - Whoever wrote that shit in the OP's post is an idiot w/ a transparent agenda.


Linland is a known cheater and boring as shit to watch. Good riddance.


seriously?

when did he cheat?
7/12/11 10:58 PM
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SKARHEAD - Whoever wrote that shit in the OP's post is an idiot w/ a transparent agenda.


Linland is a known cheater and boring as shit to watch. Good riddance.


seriously?

when did he cheat?


Seriously?
7/12/11 10:58 PM
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Riley Freeman - He was only good when the competition was horrible, but that's besides the point.
Good luck to him, although I can't exactly say I enjoyed watching his career.. except the Vitor fight... brutal.


You are a fucking retard, but i guess you just started watching during TUF 5, Lindland took out the best fighters, and faught anyone anytime at any weight.

Go back to your TUF reruns
7/12/11 11:00 PM
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MonsterBalls - Lindland was told not to wear a shirt that wasn't approved. Not comparable to Tito's Dana White shirt which was personal toward Dana.

Matt played the maverick and paid the price. Has nothing to do with Rich Franklin.


You are plain DUMB if you beilieve it wasnt to protect Rich Franklin. Couture walked around the same UFC with the exact same shirt Lindland had on. It had NOTHING to do with the shirt, and everything to do with protecting Rich and Matt not being willing to swing from Dana Douches nuts
7/12/11 11:08 PM
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Man this was one of the saddest programes ever for me i'm gonna miss him a lot he is one of my favourites and? Phil Baroni, Vitor Belfort, Ronaldo Souza, Robbie Lawler, Jeremy Horn and others are the reason i still watch MMA because i love these guys... since 14 that i watch MMA and my first match ever that i saw was the Matt Hughes agnst the Carlos Newton at UFC 38 for the welterweight title when they were important and not this shit today. I loved that matches they we

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