The 42-year old Vladimir Matyushenko headlines Bellator 99 later this September. He faces former Bellator light heavyweight champ Christian M’Pumbu.
Matyushenko debuts for the promotion with a career that began in 1997. At 26-7, he last took a submission loss to Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 6 in January.
M’Pumbu is riding a two fight losing streak. The most recent defeat came in late February to Attila Vegh.
Also announced were the brackets of the featherweight tournament. They have Patricio “Pitbull” Freire vs. Diego Nunes, Shahbulat Shamhalaev vs. Akop Stepanyan, Des Green vs. Fabricio Guerrero and Joe Taimanglo vs. Andrew Fisher.
Bellator 99 comes from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA on September 13. The main card airs on Spike TV.