Vladimir Matyushenko’s UFC release was that much bitter since his last fight didn’t escape the opening minute. Ryan Bader was able to lock a guillotine choke at the 50 second mark, leaving Matyushenko with the dreaded pink slip.
“The Janitor” couldn’t end his career on that note, so he signed with Bellator and is back to training. If he gets the chance to take on Bader again, Matyushenko expects a different outcome.
“You make one mistake and it’s over,” said Matyushenko on The MMA Hour. “If I fight Bader 10 times, I probably beat him eight out of 10. You have to wait all of this time to try and take it next time. That’s what I’m doing right now. I’m trying to prove to myself, fans and sparring partners and my coaches that I’m still capable of good fights.”
Matyushenko has been with the sport since 1997 and was in his second UFC run when he was released. He was 4-3 for the UFC with the defeats coming from Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson and Bader. All three losses came in the opening round.
The 42-year-old returns at Bellator 99 opposite Houston Alexander from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA. The main card airs live on Spike TV and is packed with quarterfinal action in the featherweight tournament.