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4/4/14 12:38 AM
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Light heavyweight Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko, 43, plans to retire following a fight next Friday, April 11, vs. Joey Beltran at Bellator 116 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Matyushenko made the announcement to Frank Trigg on the “Toe to Toe With Trigg” radio show on MMAOddsbreaker.

A former Soviet national wrestling champion, Vladdy defected to the West, speaking no English. He won Juco nationals in 1996 and 1997, and graduated from the University of Nevada in 1999.

That same year he became a professional MMA fighter.

He went 4-3 during his latest UFC run, which ended just six months ago. He was the IFL light heavyweight champion, going undefeated in the league. During his first run the UFC, Matyushenko worked his way to a title shot vs. Tito Ortiz. He holds wins over Yuki Kondo, Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Pedro Rizzo, Carlos Barreto, Tim Boetsch, and Igor Pokrajac among many others.

“Last fight, Trigg," said Vladdy. "This is my last fight. Doesn’t matter win or lose. That’s it. Training people, there’s a possibility to open my own gym again. Or I could go the complete opposite direction and work the railroad. I’ll be happy just keeping myself busy.”


4/4/14 12:42 AM
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What a run.

Pioneer I say.

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4/4/14 12:45 AM
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Great fighter.
4/4/14 12:46 AM
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Nice. I'll be there. Anybody else going? Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 12:47 AM
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TFK_HossPearson - Nice. I'll be there. Anybody else going? Phone Post 3.0
i should be there! Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 12:47 AM
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Will watch for final fight. Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 12:49 AM
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I was lucky enough to train with him a couple of times, it was like trying to wrestle a tree. Enjoy your retirement, Mr Matyushenko. Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 12:52 AM
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Respect. Guy was top notch into his 40s Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 1:04 AM
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Work the Railroad?
4/4/14 1:19 AM
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Loved the Janitor! Hope he ends it on a win Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 1:22 AM
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Can't wait for NEXY friday! Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 1:27 AM
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Great career!

Hopefully he can go out on a high note and get the W! Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 1:29 AM
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Great fighter, Would love to see him get the win in this one. Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 1:59 AM
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Best of luck Vladimir Matyushenko!!!!!

I have always been a huge fan and will be sad to see him leave - I hope it's with a win!

He was friends with Russian wrestler friends of mine who immigrated to the States and Canada; they always spoke very highly of him, saying that when they first came here, Matyushenko helped them all out and was just a great guy all around.


Great fighter, he'll be missed.
4/4/14 2:28 AM
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TTT For the Janitor. I'll be watching for sure - I don't think I've missed a single Vladdy fight since I started watching in 05. From IFL to Affliction, and back to the UFC.. Always supported the Janitor. Hope he goes out on a high note.

4/4/14 4:47 AM
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Nexy. Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 5:46 AM
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win Anthony Ruiz Extreme Wars 3 - Bay Area Brawl
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saw him kick ass live!
4/4/14 6:40 AM
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Always been a fan and always will be. Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 8:30 AM
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Vladdy is one of the most kind-hearted people in the world. He is truly a great friend and an incredible fighter. I only wish, for his sake, his physical peak had been after all of the money came pouring into MMA, not before. Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 8:42 AM
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Youre the fucking man Janitor!!!!

4/4/14 8:46 AM
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Iv had vmat in my top five for a long time now ive met him and corresponded with him since he is truly a great guy . Vladdy will always be a great person and a bad ass too . Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 8:58 AM
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Sad to see the janitor go, but he's had a great run. Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 9:12 AM
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I always liked to judge fighters after they fought the janitor. If you could beat him, you were the real deal Phone Post 3.0
4/4/14 9:25 AM
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Going 4-3 in his last UFC run doesn't really tell the tale fully. Those 3 losses were to Jon Jones, Alex Gustaff, and Bader, very tough guys in their prime and Matyushenko was 40+.

That is one tough old bastard and he'll be missed.
4/4/14 10:41 AM
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L-E-G-E-N-D!!!!

Vlady is a true pioneer and absolute boss. Wish him the best. Phone Post 3.0

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