This week’s Fight of the Week features the highly decorated collegiate All-American wrestler Vladimir Matyushenko (21-3) taking on jiu jitsu wizard Jamal Patterson (4-2). Matyushenko is a veteran fighter who had steamrolled his competition in the IFL so far and is looking to do the same to Patterson in this title defense. Patterson, however, has other plans for Matyushenko, hoping to exploit the Belarusian where he’s weakest: the striking game.
Matyushenko is set to appear at the next Affliction show against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and this fight shows why he’s still one of the best light heavyweights in the entire world. Jamal Patterson is one of the many fighters who has been lost in the shuffle of MMA, along with the status of the IFL. He’s extremely young in his MMA career but proves that he has more than enough ability to compete with even the toughest fighters in the game by putting Matyushenko in several bad positions throughout the fight. This fight has it all: striking, jiu jitsu, wrestling, and ground and pound. It’s not to be missed!
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