Matt Hamill has been booked to fight former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 88 on September 6th in Atlanta in a light heavyweight showdown, according to MMA Rated.
Hamill, a deaf, Division III national wrestling champion, gained exposure during his stint on season three of The Ultimate Fighter reality series. Hamill sustained an unfortunate injury while competing on the show which ultimately prevented him from entering the semi-finals. The UFC opted to see what Hamill could do in front of some bigger crowds, and “The Hammer” went on to win three straight bouts inside the octagon. While Hamill most recently picked apart Tim Boetsch at UFC Fight Night 13, his record maintains one blemish from a very controversial 2007 bout with Michael Bisping.
Hamill is known for his strength, wrestling pedigree and heart, but we shall see if that is enough to stop a former middleweight champion.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell takes on Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 88 “Breakthrough”. Dan Henderson vs. Rousimar Palhares, Karo Parisyan vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and Tim Boetsch vs. James Lee are also rumored for pay-per-view event.
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