UFC 122: Vladimir Matyushenko preparing for an 'interesting fight' against Alexandre Ferreira

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Quoteworthy:

"It’s always business as usual in my camps, but there are little adjustments for the opponent I’m facing. But I usually train with a little bit of everything, because you never know who you might face. If your opponent gets injured you might ended up matching up against a fighter with an entirely different style. [Ferreira's] certainly under height. He’s stocky and short (5'7"), but that is not necessarily a disadvantage in wrestling. There are a lot of good wrestlers that are short and stocky. I’ve wrestled before too; I know my defense for that. If I focus only on my striking, it may open gaps in my takedown defense. It’s going to be an interesting fight."

Well-traveled mixed martial arts veteran Vladimir Matyushenko dusts himself off after taking a whooping against Jon Jones earlier this year to welcome Chute Boxe-trained fighter Alexandre Ferreira to the light heavyweight ranks of the world's largest fight promotion. Prior to his defeat at the hands (and elbows) of  "Bones," Vladdy reeled off two straight victories in the UFC against Igor Pokrajac and Eliot Marshall. Can he survive the submission stylings of "Cacareco," who has 17 of his 18 wins by way of tapout, when they hook 'em up at UFC 122 on Nov. 13 in Germany? Predictions please.

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