An injury to Roger Hollett has set up an interesting light heavyweight battle at UFC 152. The native Canadian was scheduled to make his UFC debut against a returning Matt Hamill. Instead, “The Hammer” will now take on “The Janitor,” as Vladimir Matyushenko has been tabbed as a replacement.
The substitution was revealed earlier today by UFC officials.
Hamill (10-4) announced his retirement from MMA after losses to Alexander Gustafsson and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. However, Hamill couldn’t stay away for long, recently saying he planned to return to the Octagon.
Likewise, Matyushenko (26-6) is also coming off a loss at the hands of Gustafsson. The veteran fighter has become a gatekeeper of sorts in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, taking on such rising stars as Gustafsson and current champion Jon Jones.
UFC 152 takes place September 22 from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main event boasts Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson doing battle for the company’s first-ever flyweight title with Brian Stann-Michael Bisping also scheduled to scrap.
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