Matt Hamill tangles with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 130. Image via Esther Lin of MMA Fighting
Like most fighters, it seems that Matt Hamill just can't stay retired. The popular deaf fighter decided to hang up the gloves after a UFC 133 loss to Alexander Gustafsson, but apparently he will make his return to the octagon just over a year later. Cage Writer has it:
A one-year retirement was just about enough for light heavyweight Matt "The Hammer" Hamill, who has opted to resume his fighting career and will compete next at UFC 152 in Toronto on Sept. 22.
Hamill will meet UFC newcomer Roger Hollett. UFC president Dana White confirmed the move and said the fighters have verbally agreed to fight each other.
The 35-year-old Hamill (10-4, 9-4 UFC) rose to fame as a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter 3. He was injured during the show, but still made it to the UFC and rose steadily through the ranks as a solid light heavyweight. He holds wins over Tito Ortiz, Keith Jardine, Mark Munoz, and Tim Boetsch.
Hollett (13-3) is a Canadian fighter best-known for a long run in the MFC. He last competed in Bellator, picking up a split-decision win over John Hawk. Hollett is currently on a five-fight winning streak.