Former UFC fighter Vladimir Matyushenko has signed with Bellator MMA. The Belarusian fighter’s promotional debut has yet to be announced but will be announced in the coming weeks. Bellator officials announced the signing earlier today via press release.
At 42, Matyushenko has long been one of the more respected veterans in the fight business. “The Janitor” was released by the UFC after consecutive losses to challengers Ryan Bader and Alexander Gustafsson, but holds a career mark of 26-7.
“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,” Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. “With our Champion Attila Vegh sitting at the top of the mountain right now, and with guys like Emanuel Newton, Mikhail Zayats and King Mo coming on strong, the light heavyweight division for Bellator continues to evolve and Vladimir should fit in perfectly to that mix.”
Vladimir Matyushenko is expected to make his non-tournament debut soon, with details expected to be announced in the coming weeks.