Vladimir Matyushenko is one of the many UFC vets that has signed with Bellator in recent months, and at the promotion’s next event on September 13th, he’ll throw down with another former Octagon competitor in Houston Alexander.
If you’ve been following MMA for a while you’ll recall that Alexander buzzed the sport big time in 2007, by blasting through Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara in his first UFC bouts. The vet proceeded to lose his next four UFC fights, however, but more recently he’s scored two stoppage wins while fighting for Victory Fighting Championship.
So, considering Matyushenko’s decorated wrestling background, will “The Janitor” be looking to take the feared slugger to the mat? While speaking to MMA Junkie.com,the 42 year-old relayed:
“My takedowns are definitely an advantage in this fight against Houston, and his wrestling and his clinch is not the greatest,” Matyushenko said. “But I’ve been working on my striking over the last few years, and I want to show the fans what I’m capable of on my feet. Everyone knows that I am a solid wrestler, but I also want to prove to myself that everything I’ve been doing over the last couple years has been paying off.
“I know Houston Alexander has been knocked out several times before, so I feel pretty good about my chances standing against him in this fight. I know if I stand with him it only increases his chances of winning the fight, but I feel confident enough in my striking to stand with him.”
Interesting stuff, but it’s worth noting that Matyushenko also scored some memorable striking stoppages during his UFC run (see his UFC 129 bout with Jason Brilz).
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