Alexander Gustafsson vs. Vladimir Matyushenko set for UFC 133Posted on May 15, 2011, 02:16 PM by Joey Santosus
A Light Heavyweight clash between Alexander Gustafsson and Vladimir Matyushenko is now official for the UFC 133 line-up in August.
UFC officials confirmed the match-up on Saturday..
Gustafsson (11-1) made his octagon debut in 2009, knocking out Jared Hamman just 41-seconds into the opening round before suffering his first career defeat against Phil Davis at UFC 112. Since the loss, "The Mauler," known primarily as a feared striker, has rebounded with back-to-back submission victories over Cyrille Diabate and most recently James Te Huna.
Matyushenko (26-5), meanwhile, is fresh off of an impressive 20-second knockout victory over Jason Brilz at last month's UFC 124. The win makes the former IFL Champion 4-1 in his current UFC run, which includes previous victories against Alexandre Ferreira, Eliot Marshall, and Igor Pokrajac. "The Janitor's" only loss since returning to the promotion came at UFC on Versus 2, when he was TKO'ed by current Light Heavyweight champ Jon "Bones" Jones.
UFC 133 is set to take place August 6th from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The card will be headlined by a Light Heavyweight showdown between top contender Rashad Evans and rising prospect Phil Davis, while Antonio Rogerio Nogueira takes on Rich Franklin in the co-main event.
Photo: Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC-Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko at the San Diego Sports Arena on August 1, 2010, in San Diego, California. Francis Specker