After a brief retirement, Matt Hamill was set to return to the cage against Roger Hollett. However, now due to injury, the Canadian has been replaced by Vladimir Matyushenko. Hamill and the former IFL champion will face off at UFC 152, which takes place Sept. 22 in Toronto.
Shortly after his second-round defeat at the hands of Alexander Gustafsson, Hamill publically retired from MMA. The loss marked the first time in his career that the TUF veteran lost back-to-back fights. Over the course of his career, Hamill has defeated Keith Jardine, Tim Boetsch and Tito Ortiz. He also holds the odd distinction of being the only man to defeat UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones although the result is the work of some very dubious refereeing.
Matyushenko faced off against Ortiz for the UFC light heavyweight title in 2001. Although he came up short, the bout will be remembered because the pay-per-view broadcast dropped off before the fight finished. In addition to holding the IFL title, Matyushenko has also defeated the likes of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Alexandre Ferreira and Pedro Rizzo.
UFC 152 will crown the first-ever UFC flyweight champion. Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson will face off the in finals of the title tournament.