Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Is This The Face Of The World’s Best Fighter?

Matt Lindland is upset. It’s nothing new for the Oregon fighter and coach. Ornery seems to be his default setting, it comes to him so easily.

What’s irking him now is the Fox Sports Net cameraman asking him to remove his baseball cap for a video interview. Lindland fixes the man with a quick stare and thumbs at the tobacco chew in his lip.

“I don’t know, man,” he says. “I’m really bald.”

It’s true. Lindland hasn’t been blessed with movie star-looks. A lifetime of amateur wrestling and pro fighting hasn’t helped any.
His ears have been twisted and smashed. His nose is flattened and crooked. One look at his face and you know he’s never learned an easy lesson in his life.

When his FSN interview gets underway, the normally reserved Lindland squints into the harsh TV lights and tries his best to seem happy to be there.

The reporter asks him just about every question he can think of regarding his team, the Portland Wolfpack. He asks about Lindland’s future, about his past. But one question hangs in the air unasked and unanswered.

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