The only man to beat Jon Jones (insert face palm), Hamill put together a plodding decision win over Roger Hollett last September. It was his first bout in a year after announcing his retirement and could very well serve as his final instance of success in the Octagon with Thiago Silva on the horizon. Hamill is 37 years old, so his days are numbered to begin with, and there has been plenty of talk about his dwindling passion for preparation; that Hamill fights because he has to, not because he wants to. The only way Hamill doesn’t get cut if he loses to Silva is if he beats his employers to the punch and decides to hang his gloves up for good.
Stakes are already high entering any fight, especially when it comes to action inside the Octagon. In addition to a solid chunk of cash being up for grabs, there are other factors to consider as well in terms of the need to avoid injury and the impact a performance might have when it comes to continued employment in the organization. When it comes to the latter, there are definitely more than a few fighters set for UFC Fight Night 29 who are in a precarious position where victory may very well be the only way to avoid release. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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