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Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill 2 becomes new WSOF 19 co-main event

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A contractual issue with Vinny Magalhaes means that former UFC light heavyweights Thiago Silva and Matt Hamill will fight each other again this month in World Series of Fighting.

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World Series of Fighting planned a four-man light heavyweight tournament to crown its inaugural champion in the weight class. The initial match-ups were Thiago Silva versus Ronny Markes and Matt Hamill against Vinny Magalhaes. There's been a snag in the set-up, as Magalhaes has temporarily been pulled from the tournament. Needing a new opponent, WSOF officials opted to put Hamill in a rematch with Silva as the co-main event of WSOF 19 on March 28th. WSOF 20 on April 10th will need a new opponent. WSOF president Ray Sefo broke the news to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.

Magalhaes is Titan FC's light heavyweight champion, having submitted Jason Brilz last year to capture the vacant belt. The TUF 8 runner-up and UFC veteran was signed to the WSOF tournament, but contract issues between WSOF and Titan forced Vinny off the card. According to Magalhaes, he is under contract with WSOF but just can't fight in April. He addressed the situation on Twitter after the initial reports surfaced:

Titan FC has not responded with any public comment as of this writing.

Silva and Hamill fought each other back in October 2013, with Thiago winning an ugly, sluggish unanimous decision. Hamill was cut from the UFC and retired (before unretiring again), while Silva was cut after his early 2014 arrest on aggravated assault and battery charges. When the charges were dropped, the UFC brought him back, but then cut again after his estranged wife posted videos of him allegedly high on cocaine with a gun in his hand. Neither fighter has competed since their first encounter.

The World Series of Fighting 19 main event pits lightweight champion Justin Gaethje against Luis Palomino in Phoenix, Arizona. NBC Sports Network will televise the night's main card.