Lindland announced today in a conversation with MMAWeekly that he had signed a three fight deal with the promotion, continuing Strikeforce’s aggressive recruitment campain.
Matt was one of few big name fighters the UFC chose not to bring in after the fall of Affliction as Lindland and Dana White continue to be on shaky ground after Lindland wore an unsanctioned shirt to the Octagon in 2005.
Lindland, who is coming off a devastating KO loss to Vitor Belfort, has stated he expects to fight in October and named Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, and Cung Le as possible opponents. With Shields already confirmed as to be fighting in October for the Interim belt and Le still planning on putting movies over MMA, it seems relatively likely that Lawler will be his first opponent.
Lindland has an impressive resume including All-American Wrestler at Nebraska, Silver Medalist in Greco Roman wrestling at the 2000 Olympics, Team Quest Member and Oregon State Polititian. He holds wins over such fighters as Travis Lutter, Joe Doerksen, Carlos Newton, Jeremy Horn, Phil Baroni and Pat Miletich to name a few.