Well it seems as if Matt Hamill can’t keep an opponent for his debut back into the UFC. Vladimir Matyushenko originally stepped in to face Matt Hamill at UFC 152 after his first opponent Roger Hollett was forced to drop out due to an undisclosed injury. Now, Matyushenko is being forced out of the fight due to a torn Achilles tendon he suffered during training.
Just when things couldn’t get more confusing, the UFC decided to stick Hamill’s first opponent Hollett, back in to face him at UFC 152. The news was first reported on the UFC’s Canadian Twitter feed.
Roger Hollett vs Matt Hamill is back on for #UFC152 as Vladimir Matyushenko is out with a torn achilles tendon.
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) September 11, 2012
Unfortunately for Matyushenko, this injury may have proved to be devastating to his MMA career. At 41, he is well past his prime, and an injury to the Achilles tendon can take up to a year to recover from. As Matyushenko turns 42 in January, he may have to face the fact that his time in MMA may be over.
UFC 152 is scheduled to take place next weekend on September 22nd, so let’s hope the fighters can keep from getting any more injuries until then.