Although Vladimir Matyushenko is coming off consecutive losses for the first time in his career, and the 42 year-0ld is in the latter stages of his career, it will be interesting to see how he performs with Bellator. After all, “The Janitor’s” most recent defeats came at the hands of Ryan Bader, Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones, so it’s not like he’s been losing to tomato cans no one’s ever heard of. Prior to facing Gustafsson, Matyushenko had stopped Jason Brilz and Alexandre Ferreira at UFC 129 and UFC 122 respectively.
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie.com, here is some of what the decorated wrestler and rugged vet had to say about his career, and his prospects in Bellator.
“I’ve been working so hard over the last couple years on evolving as a fighter, and I can’t wait to get out there and show what I’ve been working on,” he said. “I don’t think people really know who Vladimir Matyushenko is, so I came to Bellator to set the record straight. I’m still strong, and I’m still very capable of becoming a world champion.”
And what are his thoughts on fighting Houston Alexander tonight? Who has been known to violently end a fighter’s evening with one or two punches?
“I know Houston Alexander has been knocked out several times before, so I feel pretty good about my chances standing against him in this fight. I know if I stand with him it only increases his chances of winning the fight, but I feel confident enough in my striking to stand with him.”
Interesting no? Well find out soon enough how it all plays out. Bellator 99 will go down in Temecula, California and the main card will be broadcast on SPIKE.
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