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Vladimir Matyushenko to return to the UFC

vladimir-matyushenkoThe UFC announced today that they had re-signed former IFL Light Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Matyushenko (22-4).

Matyushenko will be taking on Igor Pokrajac on the undercard of UFC 103, live from Dallas, Texas.

Matyushenko, considered one of the top light heavyweights in the world, last appeared in the Octagon at UFC 44 in a loss against Andre Arlovski. Since leaving the UFC six years ago, Matyushenko has gone 9-1 with his only loss coming in a rematch against Antonio Rodgerio Noguiera .

His opponent, Pokrajac (21-5), known for being Cro-Cop’s main sparring partner, is currently riding a eight fight winning streak.

UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort is scheduled to air live on September 19th, 2009 from the American Airlines Center. The card, which will air head to head against boxing superfight Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Juan Manuel Marquez, has already confirmed Cro Cop vs. Junior Dos Santos, Josh Koscheck against Frank Trigg, and Mike Swick taking on Martin Kampmann with a future title fight on the line.

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