UFC newcomer Roger Hollet’s (13-3) promotional debut will be delayed due to injury and Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6, 7-4 UFC) has stepped in for him versus Matt Hamill (10-4, 9-4 UFC). It is unknown at this time where the bout will fall on the card. The UFC announced the change earlier today.
Hamill is returning from a brief retirement after back-to-back laskluster performances in losses to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Alexander Gustafsson in 2011. The 3x NCAA Division III champion had been on a five fight winning streak prior to the Jackson and Gustafsson bouts, including a 2009 disqualification victory over current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
“The Janitor” is coming off a TKO loss to Alexander Gustaffson at UFC 141. Prior to that loss Matyushenko had put together back-to-back victories, including a devastating knockout knockout victory over Jason Brilz. The Belarusian fighter has, rather fittingly, put together one of the better careers in unassuming fashion. The former IFL champ will look to avoid losing consecutive bouts for the first time in his twelve year career.
Be sure to catch UFC 152 on September 22 live from Toronto, Ontario. The event will be headlined by the inaugural UFC flyweight title fight as Joe Benavidez takes on Demetrious Johnson. The bout will be co-headlined by a middleweight bout between Brian Stann and Michael Bisping.