MMA World Series of Fighting has made some adjustments to its upcoming WSOF 19 event in Phoenix, Arizona.
The event will still feature Thiago Silva’s return to competition, but with a new opponent: Matt Hamill.
Silva (pictured above, left) will now fight Hamill (right) for the second time at the event, in one bracket of a light heavyweight tournament.
Silva’s original opponent, Ronny Markes, will receive a new opponent.
Silva acquired a 16-3 record (with two no-contests) in an MMA career which dates back to 2005. In his last bout, back in October 2013, the Brazilian failed to make the light heavyweight limit in a UFC bout against Hamill. But the fight went on at a catch-weight bout at 208 lbs, and Silva earned a unanimous decision.
It had been an up-and-down stay with UFC. Then, last year, his career was cut short due — to a controversy surrounding domestic violence allegations.
As we described here at Caged Insider, Silva was released last February when was arrested for an attack on his wife in south Florida. His wife would later drop all charges and Silva found himself briefly reinstated — but when audio and video evidence surfaced online of the fighter, the UFC again terminated him.
WSOF has decided to give Silva a second chance, and a second chance at Hamill.
Hamill had announced his retirement last year, as he struggled with injury since the Silva bout — which dropped his MMA record to 11-5. But he has since decided to soldier on with WSOF, and was originally scheduled to face Vinicius Magalhaes in another tournament bracket. However, per a report from Sherdog, Magalhaes is said to have been removed from the tournament.
The bout will serve as co-main event of WSOF 19, March 28. The event is headlined by the promotion’s lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje, defending against Luis Palomino.