Vladimir Matyushenko, a UFC vet, is moving over to the Bellator side of mixed martial arts.
The 42-year-old light heavyweight has signed up with Bellator after being released from the UFC when he was submitted by Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 6. This was his second straight loss and enough for the UFC to say goodbye.
CEO of Bellator, Bjorn said, “Vladimir is a fighter I’ve watched for years. He’s an exciting fighter with an incredible wrestling background and a great pedigree in our sport. When the opportunity presented itself and we had the chance to have him join the Bellator family it was a very easy decision to make.”
Matyushenko has a professional record of 26-7, very respectable. He is more than happy to start a new chapter in his career with his new family over at Bellator.
“Bellator is one of the biggest promotions in the world, and to be associated with them is an honor. I am optimistic and excited to work with Bellator. The amount of respect and honor I felt from Bjorn and the entire Bellator team was tremendous, and getting into the Bellator cage and cementing my legacy as a Bellator world champion is the only thing on my mind.”
You’ll get a chance to see Matyushenko in action on a soon-to-be announced non-tournament bout in Bellator.