Vladimir Matyushenko

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Vladimir Matyushenko
Born (1971-01-04) January 4, 1971 (age 47)
Rečyca, Byelorussian SSR, USSR
Other names The Janitor
Residence El Segundo, California, United States
Nationality Belarusian
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 74 in (188 cm)
Style Freestyle Wrestling, Sambo
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of El Segundo, California, United States
Years active 1997 – 2014 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 35
Wins 27
By knockout 9
By submission 7
By decision 11
Losses 8
By knockout 4
By submission 2
By decision 2
Website http://www.vmatgym.com
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Vladimir Vladimirovich Matyushenko (Belarusian: Владимир Владимирович Матюшенко, Uladzimir Uladzimiravič Maciušenka; born January 4, 1971) is a retired Belarusian mixed martial artist who fought in the Light Heavyweight division. He has competed for Bellator MMA, UFC, Affliction, Jungle Fight, and is the former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion.[1]

Wrestling career[edit]

Matyushenko is an accomplished freestyle wrestling athlete who competed for both the Soviet Union and Belarus. He was a Soviet and Belorussian National Wrestling Champion. At 90 kg, he won a silver medal in the 1994 European championships, and placed 11th in the 1994 world championships. He utilized his wrestling background extensively in his fights.

His nickname of "The Janitor" was coined by Dave Schultz as a joke to the U.S. wrestling team after Matyushenko beat members of their formidable squad (including Olympian Kevin Jackson) during a meet in Siberia. Their first impression of him had been when he was cleaning the mats in poor-looking clothing.[2]

He was also a two-time National Junior College champion at Lassen College, winning the 177–184 lb weight class in 1996 and the HWT weight class in 1997,[3] before moving on to the University of Nevada, graduating with a degree in Health Science in 1999.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Matyushenko made his professional MMA debut by winning three fights on the same night at IFC 5: Battle in the Bayou. With a 9-1 record in smaller promotions, Matyushenko made his UFC debut defeating Yuki Kondo by unanimous decision at UFC 32. After his win at UFC 32 Matyushenko was given a title shot against then Light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. He lost by unanimous decision. In his next fight Matyushenko defeated Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFO: Legend. Matyushenko made his return to the UFC in the Heavyweight division defeating Travis Wiuff at UFC 40. He then defeated Pedro Rizzo by unanimous decision at UFC 41. Matyushenko was then defeated by Andrei Arlovski at UFC 44.

International Fight League[edit]

Matyushenko made his IFL debut by defeating Dwayne Compton. He fought under the Tokyo Sabres camp under body builder Ken Yasuda He then defeated Justin Levens by TKO and Aaron Stark also by TKO. In his next appearance Matyushenko beat Tim Boetsch via unanimous decision. Matyushenko defeated Alex Schoenauer by unanimous decision on November 3, 2007,[4][5] becoming the first ever light heavyweight champion in the IFL. [6]

Matyushenko successfully defended his title against Jamal Patterson winning by TKO in the second round.[7]


After the financial collapse of the International Fight League, Matyushenko participated at "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" pay-per-view event on January 24, 2009 in Anaheim, California at the Honda Center, and lost to Antônio Rogério Nogueira by TKO in round 2 [8]

He defeated Jason Lambert by unanimous decision at Call to Arms I on May 16, 2009 at Citizen Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Matyushenko returned to the UFC on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103 and defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).[9]

Matyushenko was expected to face Steve Cantwell on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108,[10] but Cantwell pulled out of the bout for undisclosed reasons.[11] Since there was no time to find a suitable replacement, the bout was called off.[12]

Matyushenko next faced Eliot Marshall on March 21, 2010 at UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones.[13] Matyushenko won a split decision victory (30–27, 28–29, 30–27).

Matyushenko was defeated by light heavyweight prospect, Jon Jones on August 1, 2010 in the main event of UFC Live on Versus: 2.[14] Matyushenko was taken down by Jones early in the first round, where Jones achieved the crucifix position and rained down elbows on Matyushenko forcing the referee to stop the fight.

It was announced in August 2010 that Matyushenko signed a new four-fight contract with the UFC [15] and was expected to face Jason Brilz on November 13, 2010 at UFC 122.[16] However, Brilz was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Alexandre Ferreira.[17] Matyushenko defeated Ferreira via first-round TKO after achieving a mounted position and landing a flurry of punches and elbows.

Matyushenko faced Jason Brilz on April 30, 2011 at UFC 129.[18] He won the fight via KO at 0:20 into the first round, the second fastest knockout win of his career.

Matyushenko was expected to face Alexander Gustafsson on August 6, 2011 at UFC 133.[19] But Matyushenko had to pull out of the fight due to Injury and was replaced by Matt Hamill.[20]

Matyushenko/Gustafsson ultimately took place on December 30, 2011 at UFC 141.[21] Matyushenko lost the fight via TKO in the first round.

Matyushenko was expected to face returning veteran Matt Hamill on September 22, 2012 at UFC 152.[22] However, Matyushenko was forced out of the bout after suffering a partially torn Achilles tendon while training, and was replaced by Roger Hollett.[23]

Matyushenko faced Ryan Bader on January 26, 2013 at UFC on Fox 6.[24] He lost the bout via submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion.[25]

Bellator MMA[edit]

On April 18, 2013 it was announced that Matyushenko had signed a contract to compete for Bellator and would compete in a non-tournament fight this year.[26]

Matyushenko was set to make his Bellator against former Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M'Pumbu at Bellator 99 in the main event.[27] However, on August 18, 2013 it was announced that M'Pumbu had a hand injury and would be replaced by Houston Alexander.[28] Matyushenko won the fight via unanimous decision.

Matyushenko faced Joey Beltran on April 11, 2014 at Bellator 116. Despite winning the first two rounds, he lost the fight in the third round due to submission. Matyushenko retired from MMA competition following his loss to Beltran.[29]

Personal life[edit]

Matyushenko has a son named Roman who also trains MMA.[30] He got married to Stella Junqueira Rangel in 2011 after the UFC fighter Summit.[31][32] They had a daughter, Sasha Junqueira Matyushenko, in November 16, 2015.

Matyushenko is currently living in El Segundo, California, United States Matyushenko also appears in EA Sports MMA [33] and UFC Undisputed 3.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 27–8 Joey Beltran Submission (north/south choke) Bellator 116 April 11, 2014 3 3:06 Temecula, California, United States
Win 27–7 Houston Alexander Decision (unanimous) Bellator 99 September 13, 2013 3 5:00 Temecula, California, United States
Loss 26–7 Ryan Bader Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson January 26, 2013 1 0:50 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 26–6 Alexander Gustafsson TKO (punches) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 1 2:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 26–5 Jason Brilz KO (punches) UFC 129 April 30, 2011 1 0:20 Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Win 25–5 Alexandre Ferreira TKO (punches and elbows) UFC 122 November 13, 2010 1 2:20 Oberhausen, Germany
Loss 24–5 Jon Jones TKO (elbows) UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko August 1, 2010 1 1:52 San Diego, California, United States
Win 24–4 Eliot Marshall Decision (split) UFC Live: Vera vs. Jones March 21, 2010 3 5:00 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 23–4 Igor Pokrajac Decision (unanimous) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 3 5:00 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 22–4 Jason Lambert Decision (unanimous) Call to Arms I May 16, 2009 3 5:00 Ontario, California, United States
Loss 21–4 Antônio Rogério Nogueira KO (knee) Affliction: Day of Reckoning January 24, 2009 2 4:26 Anaheim, California, United States
Win 21–3 Jamal Patterson TKO (punches) IFL: New Jersey April 4, 2008 2 3:35 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States Defended IFL Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 20–3 Alex Schoenauer Decision (unanimous) IFL: World Grand Prix Semifinals November 3, 2007 3 4:00 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States Won inaugural IFL Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 19–3 Tim Boetsch Decision (unanimous) IFL: 2007 Semifinals August 2, 2007 3 4:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 18–3 Aaron Brink TKO (punches) IFL: Everett June 1, 2007 1 2:49 Everett, Washington, United States
Win 17–3 Justin Levens TKO (punches) IFL: Los Angeles March 17, 2007 1 3:53 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 16–3 Dwayne Compton Submission (armbar) IFL: Houston February 2, 2007 1 1:47 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 15–3 Anthony Ruiz Submission (armbar) Extreme Wars 3: Bay Area Brawl June 3, 2006 1 2:03 Oakland, California, United States
Win 14–3 Carlos Barreto TKO (knee injury) Jungle Fight 4 May 21, 2005 1 0:26 Manaus, Brazil
Loss 13–3 Andrei Arlovski KO (punch) UFC 44 September 26, 2003 1 2:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–2 Pedro Rizzo Decision (unanimous) UFC 41 February 28, 2003 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–2 Travis Wiuff Submission (punches) UFC 40 November 22, 2002 1 4:10 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 11–2 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (unanimous) UFO: Legend August 8, 2002 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japan
Loss 10–2 Tito Ortiz Decision (unanimous) UFC 33 September 28, 2001 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States For UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Win 10–1 Yuki Kondo Decision (unanimous) UFC 32 June 29, 2001 3 5:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–1 Tommy Sauer TKO (cut) WEF: New Blood Conflict August 26, 2000 2 2:17 Evansville, Indiana, United States
Win 8–1 John Marsh Decision (unanimous) IFC: Warriors Challenge 6 March 25, 2000 3 5:00 Friant, California, United States
Loss 7–1 Vernon White Decision (split) IFC: Montreal Cage Combat October 9, 1999 1 25:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 7–0 Travis Fulton Submission (neck crank) IFC: Fighters Revenge April 2, 1999 1 15:33 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 6–0 Kenji Kawaguchi KO (punches) Vale Tudo Japan 1998 October 25, 1998 1 3:10 Urayasu, Chiba Japan
Win 5–0 Joe Pardo Decision Rumble in Reno September 4, 1998 3 5:00 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 4–0 Anthony Macias TKO (doctor stoppage) IFC 7: Cage Combat May 30, 1998 1 0:16 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Win 3–0 Anthony Macias Submission (punches) IFC 5: Battle in the Bayou September 5, 1997 1 2:59 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States IFC 5 Tournament Finals
Win 2–0 Robert Lalonde Submission (punches) IFC 5: Battle in the Bayou September 5, 1997 1 2:27 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States IFC 5 Tournament Semifinals
Win 1–0 Vernon White Submission (neck crank) IFC 5: Battle in the Bayou September 5, 1997 1 5:44 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States IFC 5 Tournament First Round

See also[edit]


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