Sell NHL Tickets - StubHub.com!

Politician, MMA Fighter Matt Lindland Sits Down With Jenny Woo

Oregon Republican Representative nominee Matt Lindland, discusses the UFC, his problems getting paid by Bodog Fight, and his political career.

What do you think of when you hear UFC or MMA? Fighting, Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts, right? Well add politics to that. Matt "The Law" Lindland, Olympic Silver Medalist, veteran of UFC, IFL and Bodog Fight, and head coach of the IFL¹s Portland Wolfpack is running for State Representative of Oregon (District 52).

Matt sat down with Gambling911.com's own Jenny Woo, covering his Olympic trials, issues in his fighting career and his future in politics.

JENNY: Was wrestling something you knew you wanted to pursue as a career at the age of 15?

MATT: Yes but at the time I had no idea I could earn a living doing it. So I also thought about coaching.

JENNY: Did you play any other high school sports?

MATT: No I was involved year round. There was no time for other sports.

JENNY: You earned the nickname "The Law" when you had to fight not only in wrestling but also in court to guarantee your spot on the 2000 Summer Olympic Wrestling team. Did you at any time during that process feel betrayed by the United States Olympic Committee?

MATT: I was betrayed by the USOC, the NGB and USA Wrestling. It was hurtful because I gave so much to the organization.

JENNY: You won silver in the 2000 Summer Olympics. Did you feel even more justified after you medaled?

MATT: I was never wrestling for USOC or USA Wrestling. I was competing for my family, my community and my country.

JENNY: When did you begin your career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship?

MATT: I returned from the Olympic Games in October (2000), was fighting in UFC by December that same year and never looked back.

JENNY: You were dropped by UFC for wearing an unapproved t-shirt to the weigh-ins. I personally think that¹s a little harsh, so what exactly were you wearing?

MATT: That's the company line. I was wearing a Sportsbook shirt and nowhere in my contract did it state you couldn't do that. The new contracts all say it now.

JENNY: What's your opinion on the President of UFC, Dana White?

MATT: That man is a marketing and promotional genius. Look what he has done for the UFC brand. He needs to learn to separate his emotions from business decisions.

JENNY: You continued your career in Mixed Martial Arts with the International Fight League and Bodog Fight. Can you tell me what happened with Bodog?

MATT: I wish I knew what happened to Bodog. They still owe me money.

JENNY: Do you plan on following up with legal action with Bodog?

MATT: No. How can you possibly go after a company that¹s in Costa Rica? Bodog Fight was a separate entity from Bodog. I had the same kind of disputes with UFC. You can't go after everybody that does you wrong or you just going to spend good money facing that. It would cost too much to do it. You just have to go out and start over again. It's a live and learn.

JENNY: A lot of people in online gambling blame the current problems the industry is having on Bodog founder Calvin Ayre's reckless ways and how he regularly mocked the US Government, inviting them to "catch me if you can" in one magazine interview. What was your opinion of Calvin Ayre when you initially joined Bodog Fight and what is it now?

MATT: I don't know if I really have an opinion. I was glad to see more people getting involved in the sport. I wish he would have stuck it out and at least honored the agreements that he had with the athletes. That's as far as it goes. I didn't really have an opinion before or after. It's not personal, it's just business and that's the way things go.

JENNY: I know you're still fighting as you had a recent win in July, but you also coach. How much do you enjoy coaching?

MATT: I love coaching and I am really good at it. It's a passion. I enjoy watching and helping my athletes grow as men and as competitors.

JENNY: What's your opinion on Randy Couture coming back to the UFC? Is there room for Elite XC and the organization he fights for - Affliction Banned? Any other big names we can look forward to with Affliction?

MATT: I am a little bias because Randy and I have been friends for so long. With that said I am excited to see him back in action and have high expectations for him. I think the UFC is a really strong brand but the sport is so dynamic. We have to have other organizations competing. We need to brand MMA not just UFC.JENNY: You fought what many consider to be the best fighter in Mixed Martial Arts today as part of the Bodog organization, Fedor Emelianko, what is your opinion of him? Would you get back in the cage/ring with him? Do you agree he's one of the best?

MATT: Either Fedor or Anderson (Silva), one of those two are the best right now. Put me in there with either one of them right now and I'll be ready to scrap.

JENNY: What does your family think about your fighting career? Especially your kids.

MATT: It's just a job you know. It's what dad does to put food on the table. My family supports me in everything I do.

JENNY: Has your family been equally supportive of both your fighting career and your future career in politics?

MATT: My family is supportive of everything I do.

JENNY: You won the Oregon Republican Party's nomination for the district 52 seat in the House of Representatives. They say it was close race. How close was your win over Phyllis Thiemann?

MATT: It would have been close but the voters are not responding to the negative personal attack. Oregonians want candidates to stay focused on the issues and leave the lies and personal attacks out.

JENNY: What made you want to go into politics?

MATT: I am an Oregonian I care about the state and the people and I believe I can do a better job as a legislator than some career politician. I am not your typical politician. In fact I am not a politician I am an athlete, small business owner, Olympian and family man. I'm not running to just fill the box on some "political resume". I want to focus on the economy, jobs and government accountability.

JENNY: What are your thoughts of Obama vs. McCain?

MATT: I believe McCain would do a better job as president.

JENNY: The Republican Party platform insists that ONLINE GAMBLING SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. What are your views on freedom to bet online?

MATT: I believe in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe the role of government is to protect these rights. Individuals should be free to pursue their own lives as long as the respect the rights of others.

JENNY: Have you at all been judged in these elections because of your career in fighting?MATT: http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=4jGzNBQvQtk - you decide. I think it's

a great ad. It legitimizes what I do and shows I have reached the top of my chosen profession

JENNY: Gambling911.com has staff members based out of Oregon and, like with most states, the economy seems to be issue number one. What are a few key points that Matt Lindland as State Representative can bring to the state of Oregon?

MATT: Oregon's economy is my number one concern, as it should be for anyone

running for the legislature.

* Reduce the capital gains tax and encourage more investment in Oregon by businesses.

* Provide tax relief to lower income families, which will invigorate the retail and tourism economies.

*Reduce the tax rates for 2 million Oregonians with the biggest relief going to those who earn less than $30,000 per year.

*Right now, under Oregon's marginal tax rate structure, the top marginal rate of 9% kicks in at an income of $7,300! It is unconscionable that a worker making just above minimum wage pays the same tax rate as an Oregonian making $80 per hour!

*The Legislative Revenue Office suggests that restructuring our antiquated tax brackets would help create 19,900 new jobs!

*Oppose tax increases that will hinder the creation of more jobs or the expansion of business. It is high time that the state legislature, your advocate to state government, exercised real oversight over state agencies. Our government must be more transparent.

*Move a portion of the Secretary of State's budget to the state legislature to conduct audits of state agencies.*We need a legislative audit office that will hold state agencies accountable.

*As your State Representative I would be accountable to you much more than some state-wide elected official or bureaucrat.*Put the budget for state agencies online for everyone to see.

*Oregon is way behind the times on this. Many other states now allow citizens to see, with a few simple keystrokes, where their money is going and how much.

JENNY: What's next for you politically, coaching, and your fighting career?

MATT: As far as politics, November 4th will be the answer. We'll see where I go from there, I really don't know until after Election night. Fighting, January 24th in Affliction. I don't know if an opponent¹s been confirmed. And as far as coaching, it's something that I will probably always be involved in.

NOTE: If you live in Oregon and believe in Matt Lindland, go out there and do what I did today - VOTE!!!! Your vote can make a difference nationwide. Check out his website at www.mattfororegon.com

Located in:

Comments

hi!

thanks for the post..i really appreciate this!

weight loss supplements

I like this concept. I

I like this concept. I visited your blog for the first time and just been your fan. Keep posting as I am gonna come to read it everyday.

levaquin lawsuits

hoodia diet pills

i like the article and this is so amazing stil good thanks for posting

hoodia diet pills

i like this a lot!

en a lot of new options to the player that weren't seen in any other FPS. You could do your standard shooter turn left and right, look up and down, but the real 360 degrees came from the ability to slide l

plumber fresno

marie

This post is good in regards of both knowledge as well as information.
Detroit Lions jerseys
football jerseys
mlb jerseys wholesale
Thanks for the post.

Excellent content. Really

Excellent content. Really pleased with this. Thank you so much.

san antonio bankruptcy lawyer

An impressive share, I

An impressive share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing a bit analysis on this. And he the truth is bought me breakfast as a result of I discovered it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the deal with! However yeah Thnkx for spending the time to debate this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If attainable, as you change into experience, would you thoughts updating your blog with extra details? It's extremely useful for me. Huge thumb up for this blog put up!
casino bonus Conceptions ParyPoker Bonuses Delphinium Apprendre a Jouer au Poker oesophageal

This insurmountable

This insurmountable disconnect between the rubrics and the graders seems to eliminate the possibility of a uniform grading standard.

limo ft Worth

I normally do not write

I normally do not write comments on posts, but your post urged me to commend your writings. Thanks for writing this, I’ll definitely popular your site and arrive back once in awhile. Happy blogging.

cash for cars Sacramento

Oppose tax increases that

Oppose tax increases that will hinder the creation of more jobs or the expansion of business. It is high time that the state legislature, your advocate to state government, exercised real oversight over state agencies. Our government must be more transparent. free casino money

Matt sat down with

Matt sat down with Gambling911.com's own Jenny Woo, covering his Olympic trials, issues in his fighting career and his future in politics. playtech casinos

Oregon is way behind the

Oregon is way behind the times on this. Many other states now allow citizens to see, with a few simple keystrokes, where their money is going and how much. free casino games

HEYYO

thsnks for this site

asbestos lawyers

It is rather valuable information

))))))))))))))))))) it is matchless ;) diazepam pills You are mistaken. Let's discuss. soma online I consider, what is it ?our error. valium without prescription It ?s impossible. buy xanax online What charming question buy zithromax Not in it an essence. clomid online At you inquisitive mind :) alprazolam price You will change nothing. cheap accutane f0e00b

You made some decent points

You made some decent points there. I regarded on the internet for the difficulty and found most individuals will go together with together with your website.
party casino Abeyance bodog prophylactic unibet Causality partypoker Busy roulette game floorshift ultimate bet bonus moronic

Pretty good post. I just

Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I'll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.
phoenix photographer

Here there can not be a mistake?

It is simply matchless topic discount tramadol Quite good topic buy generic lasix In my opinion, it is the big error. buy effexor online Rather curious topic buy xanax What interesting idea.. buy soma I apologise, but it does not approach me. phentermine without prescription The excellent answer, I congratulate buy meridia online You did not try to look in google.com? cheap tadalafil f0e00b

Manny Pacquiao will fight

Manny Pacquiao will fight Shane Mosley at Las Vegas Nevada Pacquiao Mosley Fight Video. Naruto's Rasengan will be a key to battle the ninjas in the manga Naruto Manga 528. Alvarez Hatton Fight Video.

Want to watch fights videos? Montiel Donaire Fight Video. Naruto Manga 531. BJ Penn vs Jon Fitch Penn Fitch Fight Video. Cotto Mayorga Fight Video | Shogun Jones Fight Video. Jones Shogun Fight Video

Thanks for a nice share you

Thanks for a nice share.

As usual i am searching some

As usual i am searching some useful information, immediately i found this post and gain some useful information great work such a great brain to use. 
pokemon hentai

You are providing a

You are providing a priceless information..Thank You very much...it is really going to help us.

Moving company in Virginia

I always like to see

I always like to see individuals being awarded for their hard work and dedication.
Austin Gutter Companies
Outdoor Patio Swing

Unlike additional blogs I

Unlike additional blogs I have read which are really good. I also found your posts very interesting
talk dirty

This is example of the

This is example of the excellency and perfection. The article you had posted is quite interpreting can you add some more new ones in this blog. I am the frequent visitor to this blog.
eulogy samples

Thanks for informative and

Thanks for informative and helpful post, obviously in your blog everything is good.If you post informative comments on blogs there is always the chance that actual humans will click through.
Poker Leader
Online Slots
Elwond Poker

Die Kritik im

Die Kritik im Gesundheitssystem finden.

Just want to say your

Just want to say your article is striking. The clearness in your post is simply spectacular and i can take for granted you are an expert on this field. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work. John from the pirates of caribbean 4 Thanks

Wie eine Kreditkarte

Wie eine Kreditkarte verglichen wird.
Einfach Kreditkarten vergleichen.
Eine Master-Card kostenfrei bestellen

it really most amazing

it really most amazing gadget.its good i am thank full to you Car Finder
its amazing for this century.Hi, It is really nice, but could you tell me how should I use this code,thanks for this information.

heeeeeey there!!

Its an informative topic. It help me very much to solve some problems. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy.
thank you so much

accutane lawsuit

Excuse, that I interrupt you.

Should you tell, that you are not right. buy adipex online Listen, let's not spend more time for it. phentermine for sale Useful idea accutane uk Also what in that case to do? buy levitra Aha, has got! diazepam 5mg Please, tell more in detail.. levitra no prescription It agree with you purchase phentermine Where I can find it? generic levitra f0e00b

hi!

he is very interesting to know..nice article!

filipina women

morning guyzzzzzzzzzz

Really you have shared some useful information over the post. It was really the most important day for you. I like the post very much.

targeted website visitors

Thank you for writing great

Thank you for writing great information regarding the topic. I am an admirer of your website. Keep up the great job.

electricians los angeles

Girokonto Girokonto Girokonto

Girokonto
Girokonto
Girokonto
Girokonto
Girokonto
Girokonto
Girokonto
Girokonto

I think this web site holds

I think this web site holds very fantastic written subject material articles .
I saw a lot of website but I think this one has got something extra in it in it SEO Services

Hi thank you for sharing this!

I’ve been visiting your blog for a while now and I always find a gem in your new posts. Thanks for sharing.

bankruptcy attorney

hello

he clearness in your post is simply spectacular and i can take for granted you are an expert on this field. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work.

plumber san jose

HEYYO

good Blogger has described everything in very effective manner so that you could get information what you want

accutane lawsuit information

heeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyy

mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information keep updating, looking forward for more posts...

dui attorney Riverside

Die Besten Tagesgeldzinsen

Die Besten Tagesgeldzinsen bekommen.
Wie man Termingeld vergleichen kann.
Ein tagesgeldkonto eröffnen.

This is a good site bout any

This is a good site bout any disease that you have. Its only need one shot to make all your disease is gone. They have found the cure for many disease in this site. free business listings

Nicely presented information

Nicely presented information in this post, I prefer to read this kind of stuff. The quality of content is fine and the conclusion is good. Thanks for the post.
Regards,
online dating site

Thanks for taking the time

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about information and love learning more on this. If possible, as you gain expertise, It is extremely helpful for me.

carpet cleaners in san diego

hi

fact I am not a politician I am an athlete, small business owner, Olympian and family man. I'm not running to just fill the box on some "political resume".kitchen cabinets Orange County I want to focus on the economy, jobs and government accountability.

dui attorney los angeles

Kansas Jobs

Kansas Jobs has been created keeping in view of the IT-professionals. This site will help you "Professionals" to quickly and efficiently locate many opportunities that exist. It's user friendly tool to help you match your own Specifications, Qualifications and Requirements.

If possible, as you gain

If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.
gold bar bullion

Just want to say your

Just want to say your article is striking. The clearness in your post is simply spectacular and i can take for granted you are an expert on this field. Thanks a million and please keep up the effective work.
gold investment newsletters

nicole kidman

good post man i really like it thanks for sharing...

nicole kidman

i like your article

Nice blog post, I just got out of the college of finance here and still keep track of our college blog posts and found yours. Great post, I agree with most of the pros of the article, great research, well keep in touch.online logo design | company logo design

Back to top