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Vladimir Matyushenko out of UFC 152 with Torn Achilles Tendon

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - APRIL 04:  Vladimir Matyushenko in the green and white trunks of Midwest Combat lands a left hook on 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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Matthew RothFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2012

When it rains, it pours.

Fresh off the news that Quinton Jackson was forced to pull out of his UFC 153 bout with Glover Teixeira due to an undisclosed injury, it's been confirmed that Vladimir Matyushenko is out of UFC 152 with a torn Achilles tendon. 

Matyushenko was scheduled to face a returning Matt Hamill, who was coming out of retirement to face "the Janitor." The two aging wrestlers are both known to pack some power in their fists and the bout would likely have ended with someone unconscious.

UFC Canada's twitter was the first to break the news on twitter. 

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

This is awful news for the UFC who have been hit with the injury plague all summer long. It appeared that things were finally turning around, and they would close the year out with some really strong cards.

The loss of Matyushenko won't affect the buy rate, but it does show that losing any fighter will really affect the bottom line of a card. The one bit of positive news to take away from this is that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva was able to find a sufficient replacement on short notice to step up and face Hamill. 

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