Former UFC light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko has signed with Bellator MMA on Wednesday.
Matyushenko was released following a second straight loss earlier this year. He went 4-3 during his stint with the UFC.
“Bellator is one of the biggest promotions in the world, and to be associated with them is an honor,” Matyushenko said. “I am optimistic and excited to work with Bellator. The amount of respect and honor I felt from Bjorn and the entire Bellator team was tremendous, and getting into the Bellator cage and cementing my legacy as a Bellator world champion is the only thing on my mind.”
Matyushenko does not have a fight lined up in his new home, but he could debut during the “Summer Series” or in the fall. He will not, though, receive a tournament spot immediately.