Long time veteran Vladimir Matyushenko said he wanted to make a big statement prior to his fight against and he did just that tonight.
The “Janitor” landed a counter uppercut and left jab combo that dropped Brilz early on. Three subsequent hammer fists forced referee Dan Mirgliotta to stop the fight. Brilz briefly protested the result after coming back to his senses but stoppage was just.
“I’ve been working on my striking skills a lot,” said Matyushenko after the fight.
For Brilz, the knockout was a setback and marked the first two-fight losing streak of his career. Prior to the match, Brilz was coming off of a split decision loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Brilz took the fight on short notice and many onlookers felt that he should have been given the victory. The Omaha, Nebraska fighter gained a lot of new fans after that night and built up some momentum coming into his fight against Matyushenko.