Collegiate Champion. Olympic Silver Medalist. Politician. Pioneering Mixed Martial Artist. UFC/Strikeforce veteran. Marijuana Thief? Before this past week only the first five labels had ever been assigned to Matt Lindland, a middleweight typically known for his work with Team Quest, success in the ring, and generally quiet, albeit principled, personal life. However, all that changed when news of a lawsuit recently surfaced in Oregon where Lindland is accused of allowing a man to grow medical marijuana on his land before ultimately refusing to turn the plants over.
According to a story in the Williamette Week, a suit filed by Gonzalo Aldana Gamboa alleges Lindland assisted in the transportation of six legally allowed pot plants, stated he was moving them into a shed to dry, and then would not turn the fruits of their labor over when Gamboa returned a month later.
The amount being sought equates to $122,880 – the weed’s street value – though it remains to be seen how a judge will view the figure considering the marijuana is registered for medical use rather than distribution.
Five Ounces of Pain was able to get in touch with Lindland who had the following to say via email, caps included:
“I have no idea what this about. There seems to be a trend these days with folks filing frivolous lawsuits without merit. I think this is a CHRONIC problem. Times are tough financially for a lot of people and everyone seems to think these is some kind of POT OF GOLD at the end of the lawsuit rainbow.”
Word on what is next for “The Law” in the litigation process is expected in the coming weeks with no specific dates mentioned in the Williamette Week’s report.
Lindland has not fought since a knockout loss to Robbie Lawler at a Strikeforce event last December but has compiled a 22-8 record over a fourteen-year career in MMA. He holds past victories over Phil Baroni, Pat Miletich, Jeremy Horn, and Ricardo Almeida.