Sherdog is reporting that a rematch between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and two time collegiate national champion wrestler and former IFL light heavyweight champion Vladimir Matyushenko is likely to be booked for Affliction’s upcoming October 11 show.
Matyushenko defeated Nogueira in Japan in 2002 via unanimous decision and is currently riding an eight fight winning streak. Matyushenko dominated competition inside the IFL, working his way into the top fifteen light heavyweights in the world. His last victory came against Jamal Patterson in April at an IFL event.
Nogueira most recently defeated Edwin Dewees at Affliction: Banned last month in dominating fashion, ending the fight via TKO in the first round. Nogueira looked every bit the part of a top ten light heavyweight during the victory.
This should be a very interesting fight as both of these guys are at the top of their game right now. Matyushenko’s wrestling has always been his strong point while Nogueira’s jiu-jitsu and boxing are his strong points, particularly his jiu jitsu. It won’t be a matter of if this fight hits the ground, but a matter of when. And when things do go there, expect it to get very interesting. Excellent matchmaking by Affliction and a very solid undercard bout to go along with the main attraction of Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett.