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In the second PPV bout at UFC 152, light heavyweight Matt Hamill came out of retirement to pick up a unanimous decision win over Roger Hollett. Hamill, who had called it quits after a loss to Alexander Gustafsson in August 2011, decided to step back into the octagon and was given an ex-Bellator fighter to face in his first bout. Hamill almost finished the bout in the first, taking Hollett down and clocking him with punches, but Hollett survived.
Hamill gassed a bit after that, but still used a solid takedown game to control the final two stanzas. The judges had it 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 in favor of Hamill. It was his first win since an October 2010 victory over Tito Ortiz.
What was the high point of this fight?
Probably near the end of the first round, when Hamill was pounding away on a turtled Hollett and almost got the stop.
Where do they go from here?
If Hamill chooses to continue fighting, it will be interesting to see what the UFC does with him. He's an upper-tier talent, but he won't be challenging for a title. Will they use him as a gatekeeper for younger talent? Stick him on the senior's circuit against other aging fighters? I do hope he's not on the main card for a while after that performance.
Hollett didn't really look like a UFC-caliber fighter in that bout. My guess is that he'll get a debuting fighter in his next bout and if he loses, he'll be looking for work in another organization.
Watch now, later, or never?
Never. Other than a burst of action late in the first round, the bout was very dull and not worth your time.