Matt “The Hammer” Hamill is returning to the cage after a short-lived second retirement.
The UFC veteran who called it quits for a second time following a unanimous decision loss to Thiago Silva in 2013 will face former M-1 Global Light-Heavyweight Champion Vinny Mahalhaes in the headlining bout of World Series of Fighting 20 on April 10. The promotion announced the news during the preliminary card broadcast of World Series of Fighting 18.
Hamill has had a rough go of it in his career as of late. The former Ultimate Fighter competitor is just 1-3 since 2011 with his only win coming against the unheralded Roger Hollet. Hamill’s three losses during that span came against the aforementioned Silva, Alexander Gustafsson, and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
Magalhaes will be a very tough test for Hamill’s first bout back from retirement. The Ultimate Fighter Season Eight finalist is 2-0 since his UFC release with back-to-back submissions over Jorge Gonzales and UFC veteran Jason Brillz. The win over Brillz netted Magalhaes the Titan FC Light-Heavyweight title.
The co-main event at World Series of Fighting 20 will be an entertaining lightweight scrap between Melvin Guillard and Ozzy Dugulubgov. Guillard last competed at World Series of Fighting 15 where he lost a three round decision to current WSOF Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje. Guillard is just 3-6 with one no contest since October 2011.
Dugulubgov will be looking to pick up the biggest win of his career against Guillard. The 6-2 fighter has a notable win over current UFC fighter Chris Wade and most recently knocked out former Ultimate Fighter competitor Keon Caldwell at World Series of Fighting 13.
No other bouts have been announced for the card.
World Series of Fighting 20: Hamill vs. Magalhaes takes place April 10 from the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut. The card will likely be broadcast on NBCSports Network.
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