Bellator MMA has announced that they have signed UFC veteran Vladimir Matyushenko, and he will make his debut later in the year in a non tournament bout. The news came via press release that the 26-7 Matyushenko would be joining the roster in 2013.
“Bellator is one of the biggest promotions in the world, and to be associated with them is an honor,” Matyushenko said of his new home. “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.”
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney was just as excited about the signing. He said “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. 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.”
His debut will be a featured fight on an upcoming card on Spike TV.