Jason Brilz vs. Vladimir Matyushenko likely for UFC 129 in AprilPosted on February 21, 2011, 07:00 PM by Joey Santosus
It appears Jason Brilz will remain a part of the UFC 129 line-up after all, as Vladimir Matyushenko is now expected to step in against Brilz on the April card.
Brilz was initially pegged as a replacement for Matt Hamill in a match-up with Phil Davis. However, when Davis was pulled in favor of a main event slot at Fight Night 24, Brilz's place on the card was in question. Now, with Matyushenko in to face Brilz, a fight that was originally scheduled to take place at UFC 122 in November, will be contested as part of the promotion's Toronto debut.
Brilz (18-3-1) was last seen in action at UFC 114, when he stepped in on short notice to face a heavily favored Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. After controlling the Pride veteran for much of the bout, many expected Brilz to walk away with a decision victory. However, after the the scorecards were read, it was Nogueira who got the nod, winning a controversial split-decision. In the months following, Brilz was forced out of the fight with Matyushenko due to a back injury suffered during training.
Matyushenko (25-5), meanwhile, went on to face Alexandre Ferreira in November instead, who the veteran defeated via TKO halfway through the opening round. The victory brought "The Janitor" to 3-1 in what is his second run with the UFC. His only loss since returning to the promotion in 2009 came against the division's current number one contender Jon "Bones" Jones at UFC on Versus 1.
UFC 129 is set to take place April 30th from the sold out Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A Welterweight title clash between division Champion Georges St. Pierre and challenger Jake Shields will headline the stacked card, while the co-main event will feature Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defending against Canada's own Mark Hominick.