Jason Perkins of fightline.com is reporting that Matt Hamill has announced he will be fighting at UFC 88.
Matt Hamill has informed Fightline.com that he has been offered a fight at UFC 88. Matt is extremely excited about this opportunity and tells us he's "ready to go." An opponent has not been named as of yet, however, Matt says he will announce it on MattHamill.com as soon as the information becomes available.
Jason Perkins of fightline.com also reports that Rich Franklin will be fighting at UFC 88.
A source close to the UFC has informed Fightline.com that Rich Franklin will take part in UFC 88. No opponent has been named but sources close to the situation tell Fightline.com that Franklin will definitely be fighting in Atlanta.
Rich has to make a decision," manager Monte Cox recently told MMAWeekly Radio. "We've certainly considered going to 205 and seeing how he does up there. He's fought almost everybody in the 185-pound division. There are some guys that he could fight, but if he beats them it knocks them out of title contention. And nobody is looking to see Rich and Anderson Silva 3 right now, including me."
Dan Henderson is reportedly fighting Rousimar Palhares...so that nixes the idea of us seeing Hendo/Franklin. Franklin/Hamill is purely speculation on my part....however, both guys are relatively small LHW(if Franklin moves up in weight). Franklin beating Hamill doesn't really hurt Hamill too much at this point...he's clearly nowhere near title contention. Hamill beating Franklin would be BIG for his career...even though Franklin would be moving up in weight. It would be an exciting fight since Franklin likes to stand and trade...and Hamill has drastically improved his striking. It would be a pretty intriguing matchup added to a nicely developing card.