Mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran and Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling (2000), Matt Lindland, defeated Phyllis Thiemann in the preliminary political race to capture the Republic nomination for the Oregon House of Representatives in District 52.
"The Law" earned 59 percent of the vote –- a wide margin that can be attributed to the baseless smear campaign of his opposition who attempted to brand him a convicted felon (he isn’t).
He will now advance to the next stage of the process and lock horns with the democratic nominee, Suzanne VanOrman. The general election on November 4 will determine the winner.
Prior to that, however, Lindland will have to take care of some MMA business. He’s slated to fight Fabio Negao at Affliction: "Banned" from the Honda Center in Sacramento, Calif., on July 19.