UFC on Versus 2 Main Event combatant Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko spoke exclusively to LowKick.com about his upcoming fight against the youngster Jon “Bones” Jones. Enjoying a three-fight winning streak inside the Octagon, “The Janitor” will look to deliver an upset against Jones, who according to bookmakers is a heavy favorite in this match-up.
With less than three days away from the bout, Matyushenko declared that he is more than well-prepared to fight Jones, and prove everyone that experience is what matters inside the Octagon. Here’s what “The Janitor” had to say about the fight:
Your fight against Jon Jones is just three days away, how your training is going right now?
My training is going really well. The most difficult of part of it is over, what I have left now just to relax, work on some little things and make weight for the fight.
Do you have to cut a lot of weight for this fight?
Not really. Usual stuff. Maybe around 10 or 12 pounds, but not more.
Jon Jones is a very unorthodox opponent, who has a long reach and does a lot of special maneuvers during a fight. Who were your training partners, and how did they mimic his style?
In the preparation process for this fight I did not have any problems finding training partners. All my sparring partners were very tall, with long hands. I trained with Jared Hamman, Fabricio Werdum, Antoni Hardonk helped me with my kickboxing, and there was also Stefan Struve who is 7 feet tall.
The bookmakers consider you a heavy underdog for this fight, as well as some fans and media outlets who are not giving you a lot of chances for victory. Does it offend you, considering that you have more victories than Jon Jones has fights?
I don’t mind being considered an underdog. There’s much more pressure on him, and if I defeat Jon Jones I will earn a lot of respect from those who don’t believe in me. I don’t get offended by people who write me off. I don’t pay attention to what people have to say on the internet. My job is to prepare for the fight.
At the age of 39, is it safe to say that this fight against Jon Jones is your last chance to get in mix for the shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight Title?
I don’t think so, there always will be chances to get into the mix. Randy Couture is a perfect example; he’s much older than older than me and still fighting. So I do not pay too much attention to my age. It’s just a number. As long as I’m physically capable of winning fights, you will see me in the ring.
Both Tito Ortiz and Rogerio Nogueira are currently fighting in the UFC. Would you like to avenge your losses to these fighters?
Definitely. I think that the fighting Tito or Nogueira again would be great. I’m also sure that the fans will be more than happy to see these fights. I think that Nogueira is currently in a much better form, because Ortiz had some problems with his back and neck. But it doesn’t really matter to me, I would be more than happy to get a rematch against one of them.
Anderson Silva fights Chael Sonnen one week after your fight, how in your opinion this will play out?
I don’t like to look too much into the future. I admire Anderson Silva’s fighting style, and I also think that he’s a great human being. He got criticized for the last couple of fights, but I still think that he is going to defend his title once again. He’s an extremely tough guy to beat.