Bellator signs former UFC light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko

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Former UFC light-heavyweight and 42-year-old Vladimir Matyushenko will be heading to Bellator later this year. Bellator officials made the announcement today.

Bellator events may be taking a short break until the summer, but in the meantime they're looking to boost their rosters for upcoming seasons. In an official press release, Bellator announced the signing of 42-year-old former UFC light-heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko:

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.

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

Matyushenko (26-7) was cut from the UFC following consecutive stoppage defeats against Ryan Bader and Alexander Gustafsson. He is surely the oldest fighter on Bellator's roster.

In my opinion, Bellator's LHW roster is only stronger than their heavyweight lineup. In other words, the division is fairly weak. So if Matyushenko, who apparently won't compete in the 4 man summer tournament, does enter the next 8 man LHW tournament, he could very well be the 1st or 2nd favorite in the group. Keep in mind that Matyushenko's recent losses have all come against top caliber talent like Bader, Gustafsson, Jon Jones, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Even though Emmanuel Newton, Mikhail Zayats, and King Mo are all credible fighters, not one of them is on the level of someone like Gustafsson.

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