Bellator Signs Vladimir Matyushenko To Expanding Light Heavyweight Division

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Well-traveled MMA veteran Vladimir Matyushenko has signed a new deal with Bellator and will make his non-tournament debut later this year on Spike TV.

Newport Beach, CA. (April 18, 2013) - At 42 years old, Vladimir Matyushenko has seen it all. From earning three submission victories in one night, to taking down opponents like Antônio "Little Nog" Nogueira, Travis Wiuff, Pedro Rizzo and Jason Lambert. Armed with one of the best wrestling backgrounds in the sport, "The Janitor" has signed with Bellator MMA, and will debut soon live on Spike TV.

"Vladimir is a fighter I've watched for years. He's an exciting fighter with an incredible wrestling background and a great pedigree in our sport. When the opportunity presented itself and we had the chance to have him join the Bellator family it was a very easy decision to make," Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney said. "With our Champion Attila Vegh sitting at the top of the mountain right now, and with guys like Emanuel Newton, Mikhail Zayats and King Mo coming on strong, the light heavyweight division for Bellator continues to evolve and Vladimir should fit in perfectly to that mix."

"Bellator is one of the biggest promotions in the world, and to be associated with them is an honor," Matyushenko said. "I am optimistic and excited to work with Bellator. The amount of respect and honor I felt from Bjorn and the entire Bellator team was tremendous, and getting into the Bellator cage and cementing my legacy as a Bellator World Champion is the only thing on my mind."

Matyushenko will make his promotional debut live on Spike in a non-tournament fight that will be announced shortly.

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