Bellator 99 in Temecula, California, tonight will not only feature the opening round of the promotion’s featherweight tourney , but it will also include the Bellator debuts of Vladimir Matyushenko and Houston Alexander. The UFC veterans will battle in a light-heavyweight scrap, which will be part of the card’s SPIKE broadcast.

While Matyushenko has demonstrated stopping power on several occasions, as men like Jason Brilz and Alexander Ferreira found out, Houston Alexander’s record is filled with stoppage wins. So, will Matysushenko be looking to put his well documented wrestling skills to work? Or will he look to trade with the noted finisher? While speaking to MMA recently, “The Janitor” stated:

“My takedowns are definitely an advantage in this fight against Houston, and his wrestling and his clinch is not the greatest,” the 42 year-old 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.”

Should be interesting. If you haven’t been following Alexander as of late, the 41 year-old fighter is coming off back-to-back wins while competing for Victory Fighting Championship, after losing three straight.

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