Roger Hollett signs with the UFC. Faces Hamill in Toronto!
A few months ago, Roger Hollett didn’t know what his future in MMA held when he had troubles with an Electrocardiography scan, that forced him out of a fight with Jeremy Horn and his spot in Bellator’s Light Heavyweight tournament. While receiving good news last month in his tests that he was cleared to train again, Hollett received some bigger news today, in that he will face the returning Matt Hamill at UFC 152, which will take place September 22nd in Toronto.
“It’s been a long time coming,” says Peter Martell, one of Hollett’s trainers
“Were really happy that Roger will be able to get on the big stage and show what he’s got.”
Hollett comes into this fight currently ranked as Canada’s number 3 Light Heavyweight and is on a four fight winning streak that includes big wins over Martin Desilets and John Hawk. In fighting the recently un-retired Hamill, Hollett will face an opponent who is coming off a 1-year break after suffering a loss to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 133 last August. Hamill comes into this match with a solid wrestling base and a record of 10-4 that includes wins over Tito Ortiz, Keith Jardine, and current champion Jon Jones, although that was by DQ when Jones used illegal elbows. When asked on what Hollett will need to do to win in his octagon debut, Martell thinks it’s simple.
“I think stand-up, he is going to be way better then Hamill,” says Martell.
“I think wrestling, Hamill is going to be strong so if Roger can keep it on his feet, he is going to win. Even if this fight goes to the ground, his jiu jitsu is solid.”
Hollett won’t be the only maritimer on the card as T.J Grant will be facing Evan Dunham. Other Canadians on the show include Sean Pierson, Rory MacDonald, and Mitch Gagnon with the show being headlined by Zuffa crowning its first flyweight champion when Joseph Benavidez faces Demetrious Johnson.