UFC Light Heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko talks to MMAheat.com at the VMAT Gym in El Segundo, CA and gives his thoughts on his upcoming fight at UFC 129. "The Janitor" will be facing Jason Brilz and has been preparing with his main training partners Jared Hamman and Virgil Zwicker. Vlad also talks about his loss to newly crowned UFC LHW Champ Jon Jones (at the 5:10 min mark):
"I've been training for (Jason Brilz) for my last fight, so I've been training for him for the last few months before my last fight. For me, it's a continuation of my training before. I think it's going to be an exciting one. He showed himself pretty good against Nogueira in his last fight so he's got some skills and some man power there."
"Wrestling is a big part of MMA but you can't really beat somebody by wrestling. It's transition from striking to submission; so it's either going to be ground and pound or we're going to stay on our feet, you really can't beat somebody by taking them down. I'll try to keep it on my feet and knock him out."
"People are telling me (that I'm a gate keeper) but it matches my nickname, "The Janitor", get rid of the garbage. But there's always a chance to win a championship. My thing is I'm always in decent shape and people get hurt in this sport and I've been in a few situation where somebody calls me two weeks before and I'll take the fight. I can still fight for the championship. I see myself there."
Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko (25-5)
Win Alexandre Ferreira - TKO (Punches and Elbows) UFC 122
Loss Jon Jones - TKO (Elbows) UFC Versus 2
Win Eliot Marshall - Decision (Split) UFC Versus 1
Jason "The Hitman" Brilz (18-3-1)
Loss Antonio Rogerio Nogueira - Decision (Split) UFC 114
Win Eric Schafer - Decision (Unanimous) UFC Versus 1
Loss Eliot Marshall - Decision (Split) UFC 103