Matt Hamill Withdraws from WSOF 19 Co-Main Event, Thiago Silva Gets New Opponent

March 28, 2015
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Hours before his scheduled rematch and World Series of Fighting 19 co-main event matchup with Thiago Silva (16-3), wrestling standout Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) has withdrawn from the bout due to illness.

Fast-rising star Teddy Holder (8-1) will take Hamill’s place in the live NBCSN televised matchup against Silva, which also represents the first bout in the WSOF multi-event tournament that will crown its winner the promotion’s first-ever world light heavyweight champion.

“We are obviously very disappointed that Matt Hamill will not be able to compete tonight but, under no circumstance, would we ask a fighter to enter the WSOF cage if he or she sustains an injury or comes down with any kind of illness prior to a scheduled bout,” said WSOF President Ray Sefo.

“We are appreciative that Teddy Holder was willing to step up and accept a new opponent and formidable challenge on such short notice,” continued Sefo.

The re-shuffling of the lineup will also see Holder’s original opponent, Jake Heun (7-3), matched with a new adversary in Clifford Starks (10-2), who had been slated to face Eddie Arizmendi (15-6) in a WSOF 19 preliminary bout. Arizmendi will no longer compete, but will receive full compensation from WSOF for his previously scheduled fight.

In the highly-anticipated WSOF 19 main event, undefeated, reigning WSOF World Lightweight (155 pounds) Champion Justin Gaethje (13-0) will put his title and perfect record on the line against ferocious, hard-hitting contender Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-9).

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  • Nate “THE CHEAT” Marquardt

    Hamill was washed up 5 years ago and at almost 39 years old he needs to just hang up his gloves for good. IMO he probably backed out because he knew he was going to take another horrific beating at the hands of Thiago Silva.

    • DamianCross

      He doesn’t needs to hang up his gloves. He needs to hang up the phone. Silly fool that thing doesn’t work for you!!!