UFC veteran Matt Hamill will return to the cage, but not for the UFC. Hamill signed with World Series of Fighting and is set to fight on the July 5th card.
The 37-year-old won gold in the 2001 Summer Deaflympics in freestyle and a silver in Greco-Roman.
His opponent is not known at this time.
Matt Hamill has six knockout victories, but no submission victories. He made his UFC debut in just his second fight and beat Jesse Forbes via TKO at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale on Jun / 24 / 2006. He was on a five fight winning streak in his prime of his career. He beat Reese Andy, Mark Munoz via knockout at UFC 96 – Jackson vs. Jardine on Mar / 07 / 2009, then Jon Jones via DQ at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Dec / 05 / 2009, Keith Jardine via majority decision at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale on Jun / 19 / 2010 and then Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision at UFC 121 – Lesnar vs. Velasquez on Oct / 23 / 2010. In his last four fights he is 1-3. He lost to Rampage Jackson via unanimous decision at UFC 130 – Rampage vs. Hamill on May / 28 / 2011 and then Alexander Gustafsson via TKO at UFC 133 – Evans vs. Ortiz 2 on Aug / 06 / 2011. He beat Roger Hollett via unanimous decision at UFC 152 – Jones vs. Belfort on Sep / 22 / 2012, but in his last fight he lost to Thiago Silva via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Maia vs. Shield on Oct / 09 / 2013
As noted earlier, Jake Shields (29-7-1) had to pull out of his fight with Jon Fitch (25-6-1) at WSOF 11. However, now Josh Burkman (27-10) will step in for Shields to fight Fitch.
Here is how the current card looks like:
There are not many fights announced, but here is the card:
- Justin Gaethje (c) vs. Nick Newell – for lightweight title
- Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch
- Gesias Cavalcante vs. Melvin Guillard
It’s confirmed..I will fight July 5th for WSOF.
— Matt Hamill (@Hammerufc) May 22, 2014