UFC veteran Vladimir Matyushenko has revealed that he will retire from professional MMA competition following Bellator 116, no matter the result of his match against Joey Beltran.
Former UFC title challenger Vladimir Matyushenko announced that he will be retiring from professional competition following his Bellator 116 feature fight against fellow UFC veteran Joey Beltran.
The long-time UFC competitor, who was released from the organization a little over a year ago, revealed on Frank Trigg's 'Toe to Toe with Trigg' show that he will be giving up the sport following the Beltran fight next Friday.
"Last fight Trigg, last fight." Matyushenko said on Trigg's show. "Doesn't matter win or lose. That's it."
"The Janitor" has fought in MMA for the better part of 17 years, with a fight resume that has seen him compete in organizations such as the UFC, IFC, IFL, Affliction and now Bellator. The Belarusian native headlined the UFC 33 fight card, where he challenged then-light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz for the title. While he would leave the UFC following a loss to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 44, he would return to the organization in 2009 and would remain there until his release in 2013.
Matyushenko, 43, admits he is uncertain about his future plans, as he will either continue working in MMA by opening his old gym to train people, or he will return to his previous job, which was working the railroad.
"Training people; there is a possibility of opening my old gym again, or I can go in the complete opposite direction and go back to working the railroad. It is not a lot [of money] but I am happy just keeping myself busy. It is physical work plus cognitive - it is a nice mix."
Bellator 116: Johnson vs Ivanov takes place April 11th at the Pechanga Resort & Casino.