Former UFC light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko has a new home, signing with Bellator MMA on Wednesday. The MMA Report confirmed the signing with Bjorn Rebney, CEO and chairman of the promotion.
Matyushenko (26-7) was released following a second straight loss inside the Octagon earlier this year. He went 4-3 during his stint with the UFC.
“Bellator is one of the biggest promotions in the world, and to be associated with them is an honor,” Matyushenko said. “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.”
Matyushenko does not have a fight lined up in his new home, but he could debut during the “Summer Series” or in the fall. He will not, though, receive a tournament spot immediately.