Injuries continue to wreak havoc on the UFC 133 fight card as the organization announced today via Twitter that light heavyweight Vladimir Matyushenko would be unable to compete on the card against Alexander Gustafsson (11-1).
UFC veteran Matt Hamill (10-3) will step in on short notice to face Gustafsson at the August 6 event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This latest lineup change comes on the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Tito Ortiz would replace Phil Davis in the main event against Rashad Evans. UFC President Dana White had previously stated that Matyushenko was his third choice to replace Davis, behind Ortiz and Lyoto Machida.
Hamill, 9-3 in UFC competition, is coming off a disappointing loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of UFC 130 in May. Prior to the Jackson loss, Hamill had won five straight contests including a decision win over Ortiz and a knockout of Mark Munoz.
Gustafsson, who fights out of Gothenburg, Sweden, is on a two fight winning streak as he defeated both James Te-Huna and Cyrille Diabate by rear naked choke. Gustafsson’s UFC record stands at 3-1, with the lone loss coming to top prospect Phil Davis.
UFC 133 will be headlined by a light heavyweight rematch between former champs Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans, as well as a battle between veterans Rich Franklin and Antonio Rogerio Noguiera.
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