Twelve contests are now official for the event, which goes down
April 30 at the Rogers Center in Toronto. The show will be
headlined by a welterweight title tilt pitting reigning champ
Pierre against recent UFC acquisition Jake Shields.
Co-headlining the event is newly-crowned featherweight champion
Aldo, who defends his strap against the red-hot Mark
Brilz, 35, began his career in 2000 after a four-year wrestling
career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. A firefighter by trade,
Brilz made his UFC debut in 2008, earning back-to-back wins before
running into Eliot
Marshall at UFC
103 in 2009. Since that split decision defeat, Brilz has gone
1-1 in the Octagon. The Nebraskan was most recently seen dropping
another split verdict, this time to the aforementioned Nogueira at
114 in May.
The first and only
International Fight League light heavyweight champion,
Matyushenko is one of the sport’s most seasoned veterans. The
40-year-old Belarusian debuted as a professional in 1997, losing
only to Vernon White,
Arlovski and Ortiz through the first decade of his career.
Matyushenko’s second run with the UFC began in 2009, and “The
Janitor” earned back-to-back wins before falling to current No. 1
contender Jon Jones in the
main event of
UFC Live 2 in August. Matyushenko rebounded from the loss,
however, notching a TKO victory over Brazilian submission
Ferreira at UFC
122 in November.