Hamill Replaces Matyushenko, Meets Gustafsson at UFC 133

By Mike Whitman Jul 14, 2011
Vladimir Matyushenko has suffered an undisclosed injury and has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight contest against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 133. Replacing “The Janitor” on the Aug. 6 card will be Matt Hamill (Pictured), UFC officials announced Thursday.

UFC President Dana White revealed during a Thursday media conference call that Matyushenko had been considered as a possible replacement for injured UFC 133 main-eventer Phil Davis.

Now headlined by a 205-pound rematch between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz, UFC 133 will take place at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Also featured on the main card will be a light heavyweight confrontation between Rich Franklin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, as well as a middleweight scrap pitting Vitor Belfort against Yoshihiro Akiyama.

Hamill, 34, had a five-fight winning streak snapped by Quinton Jackson in the main event of May’s UFC 130. Known as “The Hammer,” Hamill owns notable victories over Mark Munoz, Keith Jardine and Ortiz. A competitor on “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 3, Hamill holds six of his 10 career victories by knockout.

Ten years younger than his new opponent, Gustafsson has lost only once as a professional, falling by anaconda choke to Davis at UFC 112 in April 2010. The Swede rebounded from the loss by posting back-to-back victories, choking out Cyrille Diabate in October and most recently besting James Te-Huna in February. “The Mauler” owns a 3-1 Octagon record and has finished 10 of his 11 fallen foes by either knockout or submission.
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