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Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?
Vladimir Matyushenko, the 40 year old Belarusian brawler, scored his first knockout in 13 years since Kenji Kawaguchi at the Vale Tudo Japan in 1998.
It'll take longer to read this fight review than it took to watch the fight, which lasted an ephemeral 20 seconds.
Fight fans entered this bout with "The Janitor's" loss to eventual light heavyweight champion Jon Jones via Armageddon elbows fresh on their minds.
He gave them a significantly better memory last night.
Matyushenko had told journalists that he planned on knocking Brilz out, but I don't think anyone expected he would make such quick work of "The Hitman."
The esteemed freestyle wrestler aggressively stalked Brilz early, looking to land some big strikes and he connected with a powerful right uppercut/left hook combo that sent "The Hitman" crashing to the canvas.
"The Janitor" showed impeccable killer instinct, immediately pouncing on Brilz with three deadly accurate hammerfists. Referee Dan Miragliotta stepped in the instant Brilz's hands went limp with a picture-perfect stoppage.
It's safe to say that Vladimir Matyushenko exceeded expectations in his return to the big show. The veteran has now gone 4-1 in his last five UFC fights which includes back-to-back first round stoppages in his last two fights.
For Jason Brilz, I highly doubt he'll be on any main cards for a while. The light heavyweight scrapper has now lost two in a row and three of four inside the Octagon.
The bout was too short to tell if he showed any ill-signs from the injury that prevented the original Matyushenko-Brilz match-up at UFC 122 but I'm sure he'll get another opportunity against a lower-tier opponent.
Matyushenko, not known for calling out fighters, has repeatedly asked for a fight with "Little Nog," Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. "The Janitor" currently holds a 1-1 mark against Nogueira with the Brazilian winning the last match with a knee knockout at Affliction: Banned.
He again asked for the Nogueira match at the UFC 129 post-fight press conference and I have a feeling that Dana White is going to comply with his demands.
At this point, would you really want to make Matyushenko cranky?