Vladimir Matyushenko Out, Roger Hollett Back In Vs. Matt Hamill At UFC 152

Originally, Matt Hamill's return to the UFC was scheduled against Canada's Roger Hollett at UFC 152 in Toronto. Hollett withdrew due to reasons unspecified, and veteran Vladimir Matyushenko stepped in as a replacement. Well today UFC officials said "The Janitor" suffered a torn achilles tendon and was out of his matchup with Hamill. The replacement was immediate, and Roger Hollett is replacing the guy who was supposed to replace himself.

Umm ... okay? If this fight is being re-booked I can only assume Hollett's original removal from the card was not an injury unless he has some magical healing powers.

Hollett (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has fought exclusively in Canada and most recently in Bellator. His notable opponents are David Heath, who defeated him by guillotine choke, and Victor Valimaki (a submission to strikes stoppage). He has not fought since November and Hamill hasn't fought since August 2011.

This fight will likely remain on the main card.

UPDATE: Ariel Helwani explained the situation, and it is Bellator-related.

According to Hollett's manager Stan Durst, Bellator released Hollett earlier this year after he won one fight in their organization last November. However, after the UFC announced that Hollett had verbally agreed to make his UFC debut against Hamill on Sept. 22, Bellator claimed it had the right to match the UFC's contract offer and Hollett would be in breach of contract if he took the fight.

According to UFC officials, Hollett and his management team, who did not believe Bellator had the right to match other offers after the release, were given time to sort out the situation, but once it dragged, the promotion decided against officially signing Hollett and booked Matyushenko vs. Hamill.

The day after Matyushenko vs. Hamill was announced for UFC 152, a Bellator lawyer informed Durst that they were not going to match the UFC's offer to Hollett and he was free to sign with them. Unfortunately for Hollett, it was too late, and it appeared as though his chance of fighting in the UFC, at least for now, had passed him by.

Matyushenko's injury, though, opened the door for "The Hulk" to once again get a shot in the UFC versus Hamill since Bellator had already agreed to not match the UFC's offer.

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