Vladimir Matyushenko announces retirement following Bellator 116 fight opposite Joey Beltran

Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight slugger Vladimir Matyushenko is calling it quits.

But first, he's going to sling leather opposite fellow UFC castoff Joey Beltran at the upcoming Bellator 116 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on April 11, 2014 (via Spike TV) inside Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California.

No, he's not going to become a "Janitor," but he hasn't ruled out a career on the railroad.

"This is my last fight. Doesn’t matter win or lose. That’s it. Training people, there’s a possibility to open my own gym again. Or I could go the complete opposite direction and work the railroad. I’ll be happy just keeping myself busy."

Sounds like his mind is made up.

The 43-year-old Matyushenko (27-7) was never a world beater, but he always brought it and put up a fight, competing for the title in UFC, and always willing to step in when someone else pulled out. It was sort of a surprise to me, considering he is still winning, but everyone has to go at some point and I respect his decision and wish him the best in his upcoming fight.

Here's a modest look back at his career.

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