Vladimir Matyushenko is a former heavyweight and current light-heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter.

He most recently faced up-and-coming, unofficially undefeated prospect Jon Jones. He lost via TKO due to elbows from the mounted crucifix in the very first round.

After signing a new four-fight deal with the UFC, Matyushenko was next set to fight Jason Brilz. Brilz was forced to pull out of the fight with a back injury and he was replaced by Alexandre Ferreira. Matyushenko won via first-round TK0 due to elbows ironically.

He next faced Brilz and knocked him out within twenty seconds of the start of the first round. He was next set to face Alexander Gustafsson. He was injured a few weeks before the bout and replaced by Matt Hamill. Matyushenko, after recovering, was next set to face Gustafsson again.

Gustafsson defeated Matyushenko via first round knockout. After a significant layoff, in August 2012 Matyushenko next signed to face fellow Gustafsson victim Matt Hamill who was coming out of retirement. The fight never materialized unfortunately.

After not fighting for the entirety of 2012, Matyushenko signed to face Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader in early 2013. Bader submitted Matyushenko in under a minute with a guillotine choke, the fastest light-heavyweight submission in UFC history. Matyushenko was then cut from the UFC after the second straight loss and retirement looked likely.

Instead Matyushenko signed with Bellator and is next set to make his debut against former light-heavyweight champion Christian M'Pumbu. M'Pumbu was unfortunately injured and replaced by a fellow UFC veteran and Bellator newcomer Houston Alexander. Matyushenko defeated Alexander via unanimous decision.