UFC 152: Matt Hamill Gets New Opponent as 'The Janitor' Steps In

Cody GuinnContributor IIIAugust 20, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 04:  Vladimir Matyushenko in the green and white trunks of Midwest Combat celebrates defeating Jamal Patterson of the Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the International Fighting League match at the Izod Center on April 4, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Matt "The Hammer" Hamill is set to come out of retirement and make his comeback at UFC 152. And now, he'll face a fellow longtime veteran.

Originally set to face Canadian Roger Hollett, Hamill will now step inside the Octagon against Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC 152.

As  MMA Weekly reported, Matyushenko will make his 2012 debut on short notice, welcoming back to the Octagon the former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter.

Matyushenko is 4-2 since returning to the UFC back in 2009, with his two losses coming against two of the best in the division: Alexander Gustafsson and Jon Jones. Matyushenko has also fought top guys like Tim Boetsch, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Tito Ortiz throughout his career.

Hamill has fought against some of the biggest names in the sport as well, including bouts against Mark Munoz, Rich Franklin, Michael Bisping and Tito Ortiz. And he is the only man to hold a win against current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, although it was by disqualification and was highly controversial.

Hamill had won five straight before losing two in a row against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Alexander Gustafsson and opting to retire from the sport. But after a year away from the cage, he is set to return to action.

UFC 152 is scheduled for September 22nd in Toronto. It will be headlined by the inaugural flyweight championship fight between Joseph Benavidez and Demetrious Johnson. It has yet to be determined if the bout will fall onto the main card or the preliminary card.