Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4) and Eliot Marshall (8-1) have been booked by the promotion for a light heavyweight showdown at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 21 event scheduled for March 21 in Denver, Colorado.
"The Janitor" cleaned up Mirko "Cro Cop's" training partner, Igor Pokrajac, via unanimous decision at UFC 103, picking up his tenth win in his last 11 fights. His only loss during that stretch came under the Affliction Banner at the hands of top rated light heavyweight contender, Antonio Rogerio Noguiera.
The Belarus native was all set to challenge Steve Cantwell at the Jan. 2 UFC 108 event until "The Robot" malfunctioned and was forced to withdraw from the card due to an undisclosed illness.
Out of the frying pan and into "The Fire."
The TUF 8 alum was unable to make it out of the semifinals on the Spike TV reality show, but wasted little time in proving his worth in the light heavyweight division with three straight wins over Jules Bruchez, Vinny Magalhaes and Jason Brilz.
Now he gets a chance to try and mop up some stiffer competition this March.
UFC Fight Night 21 will feature light heavyweights Brandon Vera and Jon Jones in an exciting match-up that could determine the fate of "Bones" 205-pound contendership status. In addition, lightweights Clay "The Carpenter" Guida and Sean "The Muscle Shark" Sherk are in talks for a potential throwdown as are warring welterweights John "Doomsday" Howard and Anthony "Rumble" Johnson.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates on the March 21 event as they develop.