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Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill Returns To The Octagon This Weekend

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Ethan Miller, Getty Images

Utica-based MMA fighter Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill will step back into the octagon Saturday night (9-22-12) at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre at UFC 152, officially coming out of a brief retirement to hopefully launch a title run.

Hamill (11-4-0) was originally set to take on Roger ‘The Hulk’ Hollett at UFC 152. But, that fight card changed to Hamill vs. Vladimir ‘The Janitor’ Matyushenko, however, Matyushenko tore his achillies, so it is once again The Hammer vs. The Hulk.

Hollett is riding a five fight win streak with an overall 13-3 record.

Hamill’s fight is one of five on the main card for the pay-per-view event which is headlined by one of the sport’s biggest names, as Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones clashes with Vitor Belfort.

Ironically, Jones’ only defeat came via a disqualification in a fight with Hamill, however, in the interview below, The Hammer’s trainer, Duff Holmes, says he and Matt will be the “first ones to tell you we didn’t win that fight.”

Speaking with WIBX Sportswatch earlier this month, Holmes talked about what made Matt want to get back into the cage, did not rule out the possibility of a rematch with Jones, and said this would not be a one and done for The Hammer, who signed a four fight deal with the UFC:

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(NOTE: at the time of the interview, Hamill was scheduled to fight Matyushenko)

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