UFC 152: Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett Head-to-Toe Breakdown

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistSeptember 20, 2012

UFC 152: Matt Hamill vs. Roger Hollett Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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    Matt Hamill is out of retirement and will be back in the Octagon at UFC 152, gracing the main card for the first time in a fair while.

    His opponent will be Roger Hollett, a Canadian making his debut on the card. Hollett is a Bellator veteran with good finishing ability and underrated skills.

    Here is a head-to-toe breakdown for their fight.

Striking

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    Both men are good power strikers and have the ability to end the fight with their hands.

    Hollett has a background in boxing and kickboxing, as his father was the Canadian champion in both sports. He owns four knockout stoppages, including a knockout of Martin Desilets.

    Hamill, on the other hand, is not a striker by trade. However, he has definitely improved through his tenure as a mixed martial artist. He has six knockouts to his name, including a highlight-reel head-kick against Mark Munoz.

    This matchup is close, especially because Hamill has faced stiffer competition. Therefore, it's a push.

    Edge: Push

Wrestling

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    There is no doubt who the better wrestler is in this contest.

    Matt Hamill is a former medalist in wrestling at the Deaflympics and a decorated collegiate wrestler. He steered away from this style in his later fights, but may come back to it upon his return.

    Roger Hollett does not have a wrestling base, nor does he really try to use it. Therefore, the edge is obvious.

    Edge: Hamill

Grappling/Submissions

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    It is tough to call who is better in the submission grappling game.

    Matt Hamill is a good top-game grappler, but is not good off his back. He doesn't own any submission wins, but if he is on top, he won't be touched.

    Roger Hollett has a good submission game. Most of his submission wins have come via armlocks, but a couple have come from strikes. His submission game is above average, but he will struggle with a power wrestler like Hamill.

    Still, the slight submission edge goes to "The Hulk."

    Edge: Hollett

Prediction

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    Matt Hamill may be rusty, but he is still dangerous. With that being said, he will have to follow a game plan to beat the underrated Roger Hollett.

    Hamill will need to utilize wrestling to be successful in this bout. His striking is good enough to hang, but if he chooses to use his wrestling, it will be a lot easier.

    Using his ground-and-pound, he could take this one within two rounds. 

    Prediction: Hamill def. Hollett via knockout