by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com (reporting by Ken Pishna)
Staying at home for a fight is always a nice feeling, and the Denver based fighters are starting to fill up the March 21 card in town. A light heavyweight bout has been confirmed pitting Denver native, Eliot Marshall, against Vladimir Matyushenko on the card.
Sources close to the fight confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Since leaving the “Ultimate Fighter”, Eliot Marshall has been on a roll, picking up three wins in a row including victories over Jason Brilz and Vinny Magalhaes. Training with fellow Denver fighters, Nate Marquardt and Shane Carwin, Marshall looks to build on that win streak as he returns home to fight for the first time since 2007 when he competed for the Ring of Fire promotion.
His opponent, Vladimir Matyushenko, made his return to the Octagon in September after being away from the promotion for over 6 years. Picking up a unanimous decision win over Igor Pokrajac got Matyushenko back on the right track.
Matyushenko was set to compete at UFC 108 earlier this month, but his opponent, Steve Cantwell, fell prey to a still unannounced illness that forced him off the card at the last minute. Due to the timing, Matyushenko had to be removed from the show as no opponent could be found in the last hours leading up to the card.
Marshall and Matyushenko is the 2nd fight confirmed for the Denver card today, as earlier, another hometown fighter, Duane “Bang ” Ludwig was confirmed as facing Spencer Fisher in a lightweight bout.