Matt Lindland is a very busy man right now, and it has nothing to do with preparing himself for a return to the cage.
Lindland (22-9), who won a silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics for Greco-Roman wrestling, is working more as a trainer now than a fighter, helping prepare the likes of Yushin Okami, Chael Sonnen and Josh Thomson.
But, he also has some work to do outside of even that area, as he is currently involved in a lawsuit with Dan Henderson in regards to the use of the Team Quest trademark.
Lindland and Henderson were training partners together, and when Henderson broke off on his own, he wanted to use the Team Quest name. In February, “Hendo” filed a lawsuit against Lindland in California federal court alleging trademark infringement, copyright infringement and unfair competition regarding the brand.
“I never heard anything from (Henderson) before he filed the lawsuit,” Lindland said. “I thought we were friends. He never called me and said he had a problem with me. He just filed the lawsuit. That’s not how I do things. You don’t sue your friends.
“I guess we didn’t have the same opinion when it came to our friendship. Maybe that’s the way they do things (where Henderson lives). Dan wouldn’t cal me before the lawsuit, and we haven’t talked since it got filed.”
Lindland helped prepare Okami for his UFC middleweight title fight this past Saturday against Anderson Silva, and has Sonnen working towards his match with Brian Stann in October.
As for his own career, Lindland wouldn’t confirm anything.
“I’m not retired,” said Lindland, who owns victories over Carlos Newton, Jeremy Horn and Pat Miletich in his career. “I still possess the skills and am learning new things every day. I just have no plans of fighting soon, and I’m prioritizing things differently. I’m focusing more on the money-making opportunities in MMA right now.”