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UFC Vet Matt Hamill Signs On With World Series Of Fighting

Matt Hamill

UFC veteran Matt Hamill will return to the cage for the World Series of Fighting this July. Hamill posted news of the impending fight announcement on Twitter.

Hamill (11-5) lost three of his last four fight inside the Octagon, though they took place over the span of two years. He lost to Thiago Silva last October via decision after a decision victory vs. Roger Hollett in 2012.

The Ultimate Fighter alum was also defeated by current No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson and former UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in 2011.

He opened his MMA career 10-2, including wins over Tito Ortiz and Jon Jones. Hamill’s victory over Jones, via disqualification after the UFC light heavyweight champion landed illegal 12-6 elbows, remains the lone blemish on his career.

The 37-year-old won gold in the 2001 Summer Deaflympics in freestyle and a silver in Greco-Roman. During his career, he also defeated Mark Munoz, Keith Jardine and Tim Boetsch, while suffering losses to Rich Franklin and Michael Bisping.

World Series of Fighting 5 is set for July 5, but no venue or location has been locked down. Rumors have the card possibly airing on NBC, otherwise the main card will air on NBC Sports Network.

WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje will meet Nick Newell in the main event. Newell competes without part of one of his arms, while Hamill is deaf. Other fights set include Melvin Guillard vs. Gesias Cavalcante, along with Jon Fitch against an opponent yet to be named.

Fitch was originally set to face Jake Shields, but Shields suffered an injury in training and was forced out.