The UFC announced today that when Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (10-4, MMA) comes out of retirement, he will now face Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko (26-6, MMA) and not Roger Hollett as expected. Hollett was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an injury.
The Hammer and The Janitor will make some noise in their hunt for a win at UFC 152 on September 22nd in Toronto, Canada at the Air Canada Centre. Interestingly enough, both fighters are coming off of losses to Alexander Gustafsson. In fact, if it hadn’t of been of been for Matyushenko pulling out of his first scheduled fight vs Gustafsson due to injury at UFC 133, Hamill may have never faced him.
This will be Hamill’s first fight since retiring following back to back losses. After losing to “Rampage” Jackson and then Gustafsson, Hamill put an official announcement on his website declaring he was done with MMA. “Today is a sad day for me. After six years and 13 fights in the UFC I’m ready to hang up my gloves and retire from this amazing sport,” Hamill wrote in August 2011.
By the time Hamill faces Matyushenko, 13 months will have past since the last time he fought. The two light heavyweights will face off on the main card. The main event will determine the UFC’s first ever Flyweight Champion in a bout between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson.