It was nearly a year ago that Matt Hamill announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts after back-to-back losses against Quinton Jackson and Alexander Gustafsson. It would seem that it’s been long enough for the Deaflympics gold medalist, who is now slated to return to the octagon at UFC 152 in Toronto, Ontario. The Ohio native welcomes Roger Hollet to the promotion in his return bout to the UFC light heavyweight division.
Hamill (10-4) has a long storied career with the UFC, competing in the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, going undefeated in the promotion until losing a controversial split decision to Michael Bisping. “The Hammer’s” UFC tenure has seen him collect wins over the likes of Mark Munoz, Tim Boetsch, Tito Ortiz, and Keith Jardine. A disqualification win over Jon Jones also sees the TUF veteran as the only man to hold a victory over the current champion, albeit few consider it a win.
Hollet (13-3) comes into the promotion on the strength of five consecutive victories. The Haligonian most recently competed in the Bellator cage, defeating John Hawk via split decision in November of last year. “The Hulk” now looks to spoil the UFC veteran’s return in his octagon debut.