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Matt Hamill Retires After UFC 133 Loss

Written on August 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hamill bids his farewell to active MMA competition, following his UFC 133 loss against Alexander Gustafsson.

A couple of days after suffering a savage defeat at UFC 133, Matt Hamill announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts.

“Today is a sad day for me. After six years and 13 fights in the UFC, I’m ready to hang up my gloves and retire from this amazing sport. I was ready to make this decision after UFC 130 but my friends, family coaches and most importantly my daughter encouraged me to give it one last chance.”

But despite leaving the active MMA competition, the Hammer guaranteed his fans that he will not leave the sports altogether.

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Vladimir Matyushenko: Out of UFC 133 due to Injury

Written on July 15, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another fighter was scrapped from UFC 133 lineup, as Vladimir Matyushenko bows out of his match due to injury.

The UFC 133 fight card was shuffled once again, as Vladimir Matyushenko bows out of his match versus Alexander Gustafsson due to undisclosed injury. The latter will now face Matt Hamill, after being tapped on short notice.

Alexander Gustafsson will try to gain his second consecutive win at the said tournament. The 24-year-old fighter carries a 3-1 record since entering UFC in 2009. Meanwhile, Matt Hamill was carrying a five-fight win streak before Quinton Jackson snapped it at UFC 130 via unanimous decision. The veteran fighter holds notable wins over Mark Munoz, Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz. He also won over reigning light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, although it was via disqualification.

UFC 133, which will now feature a light heavyweight battle between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, will kick off on August 6, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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UFC 129 Main Card Preview

Written on April 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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With UFC 129 fast approaching, here is Fighting Insider's preview and prediction for the event's main card.

After Fighting Insider gave your the preview for UFC 129’s preliminary card, let’s talk about the main card. Will the champions remain? Or will UFC herald a new king?

Check out our full UFC 129 main card preview after the break.

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A Likely Spot for Brilz vs Matyushenko at Germany’s UFC 122

Written on August 25, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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A new four-fight deal with the UFC in tow, Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko will warm the cage with Jason Brilz at UFF 122 on October.

Verbal agreements are reportedly being shared by both parties, and a final agreement on a fight between Matyushenko (24-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Brilz (18-3-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is closing in.

Unofficial schedule of the entire UFC 122 is anticipated to happen in November 13 at Konig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The main card is not yet heading for the newsline, but Spike TV will surely broadcast the bouts in the same day they happen.

Recently beaten-down Brilz and Matyushenko are seeking a win in whatever upcoming fight they get into. The firefighter-slash-wrestling-coach Brilz faced Antonio Nogueira at UFC 114 on short notice. Although the latter scored a split-decision win, Brilz’s dominance reverberated out from the octagon to the whole venue hall. Matyushenko, on the other hand, just stuck a new deal with UFC. But his defeat to Jon Jones earlier this month at UFC on Versus 2 is still a disappointing reminder in his career. The former IFL champion re-entered the UFC last fall of 2009 after going absent from the organization for six years.

Watch out for updates on the UFC 122 in Germany.

(Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Matyushenko Returns to the Octagon with 4-Fight Deal

Written on August 24, 2010 by Zac Efren

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It’s a brand new start for Matyushenko with a new four-fight deal.

Vladimir Matyushenko may have struggled in his last fight in the UFC, but the fighter is not giving up on his battle to climb the light heavyweight ladder. Matyushenko signed a four-fight deal with the promotion.

The news was released by the Alchemist Management, the company who handles  Matyushenko’s career.

This will be the return of Matyushenko after his previous employer, Affliction, closed down. His last record was 2-1, after losing a fight with light heavyweight phenomenon Jon Jones.

For now, Matyushenko gathered new people to work on his fight camp outside of California. His new deal will begin on his next battle on the Octagon this year.

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