Matt “The Hammer” Hamill made his long awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 152 in Toronto on Saturday night, but the Canadian fans weren’t pleased.
Even though it wasn’t pretty, Hamill utilized his tremendous wrestling skills to grind out a unanimous decision victory over Canadian fighter Roger Hollett.
Early on in round one, Hamill landed several inside leg kicks. Then Hamill easily took Hollett down with a single leg that put him face first on the mat. From there, Hamill secured the leg ride and landed several hard left hands. To Hollett’s credit, he landed a hard body shot late in the round.
Hollett looked far better in round two, landing more significant strikes, but he couldn’t consistently defend the takedown. Hamill secured two takedowns in the round, but couldn’t keep Hollett down due to being visibly fatigued.
Hamill dominated round three, scoring three takedowns, while Hollett could do nothing. Early in the round, Hamill landed more left hands with the leg ride secured. From there Hamill scored two more takedowns, but only worked to hold position much to the Canadian fans displeasure.
The three judges Octagon side scored the fight 29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of Hamill.
The win over Hollett improved Hamill’s UFC record to 9-4 and he snapped a two-fight losing streak that goes back to 2011.