There’s no real argument against the UFC’s decision to cut Matyushenko after the 42-year old suffered back-to-back stoppages with each coming in the respective rumble’s first frame. However, considering his three losses in the Octagon came to Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader, and Jon Jones, his struggle to find success is also understandable to an extent. Matyushenko won’t face that level of competition in Bellator and the fan-friendly fighter’s presence should be a welcome one starting this week when he takes to the cage at Bellator 99.
The UFC has been trimming the fat for years and Bellator is finally picking up some scraps as a result, both figuratively and literally. While many of the UFC veterans let go have their best days behind them, a few are arguably entering their primes, and in all cases the additions have bolstered a promotion looking to further cement the Bellator brand in the coming months. Better yet, fans can get their first taste of the new crop of UFC comptietors with ties to the UFC starting this Friday night at Bellator 99 thanks to the recent debut of Season 9. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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