After ending his year-long retirement, Matt Hamill returned to the cage to earn his first win in almost two years.
The Loveland, Ohio native took on Roger Hollett on the main card at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada. The light heavyweight bout aired live on pay-per-view.
Hamill wasted no time getting to work in the first round. “The Hammer” quickly pushed forward with strikes and ended up taking up Hollett down.
Once the fight got to the ground, Hamill unloaded a barrage of left hands but Hollett was able to survive and make it to the second round.
The former NCAA Division III wrestling champion continued to use his wrestling to control the second and third rounds. Hamill was able land five takedowns over the final two rounds but was never able to finish the fight or do any serious damage.
The fight would go to the judges and the judges scored the fight 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 all in favor of Hamill.
With the win, Hamill moves his record to 11-4 and ends his two-fight losing streak.
With the loss, Hollett drops to 13-4 and ends his five-fight winning streak.