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Vladimir Matyushenko takes place of injured Roger Hollett, meeting Matt Hamill at UFC 152

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.


  • Richard Stabone says:

    I respect both guys but this seems like a completely pointless matchup… no sort of rivalry & no relevancy to divisional rankings. Bleh.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Battle of the gatekeepers.

    I have a lot of respect for the adversity Hamill has overcome, but considering how easily he was discouraged in his last two fights I will say I am shocked he’s coming back.

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  • MCM says:

    I guess today is just not our day to see eye to eye, Richard.
    I like this fight. I’ll always watch Vlady fight and he’s just a straight, blue collar, no nonsense fighter,and IFL never die. I’m not a big fan of Hamill but if he shoes up like he did in the Tito fight, this could be a straight ugly, down home, grinding, slug fest. And if someone spits a tooth out at the end of a round, well fuck it, that’s why you show up to work.

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  • Richard Stabone says:

    Well like I said, I respect both guys. I can’t say anything bad about either one. Just sharing my initial reaction that this matchup doesn’t seem to offer much. I mean, hell, I’ll watch any fight between two guys as highly talented as Vlady & Matt. That’s not a problem. But at the highest level of the sport, on the biggest platform, I’ve come to expect more. Something to create more intrigue & drawing power. With the ever-expanding roster of UFC talent, it seems like a reasonable expectation.

    So yeah, this is a fight between two game fighters. Can Vlady hang onto his gatekeeper status past age 40? Will Hamill’s return to the cage be an ill-advised decision as many of us suspect? Interesting I suppose for people with a deep rooting interest in either guy, but in terms of relevancy to the division or any other sort of *reason* why these two guys are fighting each other… ehh, it worked as a late replacement I guess.

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