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.

27 Responses to “ Roger Hollett signs with the UFC. Faces Hamill in Toronto! ”

  1. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    Who saw this coming? Thought he was gonna do good things with Bellator? Congrats to the Hulk!

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  2. Barry Ogg says:

    Congrats and Good Luck Roger. Long overdue……


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  3. Idolmaker says:

    I didn’t think he’d get the call after his last fight. Hope he does well.

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  4. JOEY C BORDEN says:


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  5. Nick penner says:

    I agree with Barry, Hollett has been one of Canada’s top fighters for years. If I remember right he was 9-0 winning his tenth on the day I made my debut. He should have been in the UFC a long time ago.

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  6. Bobby Karimi says:

    I think Hollett woulda been in the UFC years ago had he beat Lew Polley. If I remember correctly, he blew out his knee in that fight and lost.
    But agree, well overdue and congrats!

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  7. mike kent says:

    Yeah Roger was on a tear back q few years ago . After a bad knee injury in the polley right and surgery to following he had a rough road back .but now with his knee healthy clean bill of health (heart concern) and a 4 fight win streak I think now is the right time . I am proud to say Roger is a teamate and he is the most powerfull hard hitting fighter I’ve ever trained or sparred with . Hope he makes a name for himself in the big show ! More Canadians the better .

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  8. Jake - Old School says:

    Congrats to Roger, I agree with BKB that he should of made the big show awhile back. I hope he comes out strong as that’s one hell of a tough division (as all of them are).

    Roger will be stepping in close to a full year of a lay off and he’ll need to step up his game a bit more as his last fight against Hawk wasn’t overly impressive.

    Either way, good to see him get his shot! Hopefully he can Jimmo his opponent!

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  9. num1fan says:

    congrats roger

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  10. Jamie Locke says:

    Awesome news! Hopefully Roger turns it up to 11 for this fight.

    HA, wicked Jake, here’s hoping he can Jimmo him!

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  11. Donald Duck says:

    Hey Tubby Dog, this is a thread about Roger. Keep your spam to yourself.

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  12. Showtying says:

    Hate run deep in the heart of the mungie ..daffy duck quack on bitch…

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  13. booboo says:


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  14. Shane BTP Mountney says:

    For once I agree with you BooBoo…;)
    Jake I also agree Roger looked slow and tired against Hawkes…thought he should have finished him in first….congrats Roger on makin the show…

    Show I think your actually hated more than me on here…lol…but I’d say it’s a close race;)

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  15. Bobby Karimi-Busheri says:

    I dont think Hollett will be able to handle Hamill’s wrestling. I dont think it’s a good match up and see Hamill winning by Tko or unanimous decision. Hope I’m wrong.

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  16. Donald Duck says:

    Yeah but Roger’s got a wicked ground game. When you fight a guy like Matt you have to know they’re game planning for him to be off his back for a good chunk of the fight.

    I say Roger should drag Hamill into a brawl and see how much the Hammer likes getting punched.

    Then he should go for donair.

    That is all.


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  17. Donald Duck says:

    Oh yeah and for Tubby I had to go to Urban dictionary to get a definition of Mungie.

    1. mungie

    n. the self proclaimed porn name of the legendary cartoon mung tung; one who sh*ts on floors for fun, rambles off incomrehensible slurs; the ultimate binge drinker, one who gets blackout with aspirations of bangin’ b*tches and killin’ babies to be mung tunged; one who enjoys mung tungin’

    Mickie, I think you might actually be a Mungie.


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  18. Showtying says:

    Did I ,mention I’m in K1 like I said months ago ..hey Bobby where’s your copy and paste this time…lol y’all get exposed so easy. Lmfao but it’s all good cause there ore to come…o it hurst so badd..y’all keep going to these local shows I’m fighting in the big show..k1 all day 1million coming up..please let it burn y’ MUNGES…

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  20. Don't Call Me Leon says:

    Wedderburn, good to see you fighting in a K1 fight, personally it fits you better than MMA. What’s the scheduled fight’s weight at and best of luck. Funny how they list Varga from Toronto instead Victoria, unless he’s moved off the rock!

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  22. BDC says:

    Man it would suck for him after runnin his mouth if he gets him head taken off or a beatdown.

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  23. BigBoi says:

    Harold I f’n love that song. I’m currently staining my deck (did I mention I have a huge deck?) and have been playing that and a few other tunes while working.

    Thanks man!

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  24. Congrats to the Hulk.

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  25. Hobnot says:

    WAR HOLLETT. Hulk will hit Hamill so hard that Matt will be able to hear again.

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  26. K. RASMUS says:

    I think Matt Hammill is going to win this fight . Based on the fact he is a world class athlete .

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