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Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Alexander Gustafsson confirmed for UFC 133

One of MMA’s stars of tomorrow will meet one of the sport’s elder statesmen in the Octagon on August 6 at UFC 133, as the UFC confirmed over the weekend lanky light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson and well-rounded veteran Vladimir Matyushenko have agreed to action in Philadelphia at the aforementioned event.

Gustafsson, who was ten in 1997 when “The Janitor” made his professional debut in a single-night tournament, has gone 3-1 since joining the UFC with the lone loss coming to undefeated sensation Phil Davis. His wins in the promotion have all involved fight-ending techniques counting back-to-back submissions in his last two outings, one being a Rear-Naked Choke of Cyrille Diabate at UFC 120, with the results improving his total to ten finishing performances in eleven overall victories.

Comparably, Matyushenko had already beaten a number of notable opponents when the Swedish youngster made his MMA debut such as Pedro Rizzo and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and will enter their bout with nearly 3X Gustafsson’s experience. However, the 40-year old has shown few if any sign of slowing with thirteen wins in his last fifteen bouts and consecutive opening round knockouts in his previous two Octagon appearances.

The bout between Matyushenko and Gustafsson, the eleventh of the show, should complete the UFC 133 line-up and will likely be available on Spike TV or through Facebook. The event is currently set to feature a plethora of potential-laden pairings on the preliminary portion of the card including former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown mixing it up with Nam Phan and Jorge Rivera undoubtedly going toe-to-toe with Alessio Sakara until one of them falls.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Apparently fighters really need to be taking Matushenko seriously as we saw by his ko over Brillz.

  • Rich S. says:

    Fighters probably should be a bit more wary of Matyushenko’s striking. But, I don’t think I like his chances in a standup war with Gustafsson.

  • stone says:

    Vlad vs Tito 2… Make it happen UFC Gods! (Free on spike prelim oF cOaRsE!)

  • Rece Rock says:

    Lately the Janitor likes to take out the trash EARLY.

  • MCM says:

    People have always underestimated Vlady. Right now, he’s riding a popularity surge, but he’s always been one of the toughest draws at LHW. (I was more impressed with Jones’s domination of Matyushenko than Bader.) But Gustafsson is no joke. The kid may very well have the heaviest hands at LHW. I just don’t think his ground game is good enough to handle someone of Vlady’s experience and skill.


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