Matt Hamill to fight Julian Marquez at Combate Americas on UFC Fight Pass
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (12-7) is returning to mixed martial arts action in his home state of New York, when Combate Americas arrives in Verona next month, streaming live on the UFC’s online digital subscription service, UFC Fight Pass.
Hamill, 39, fighting out of Utica, will be squaring up against Kansas City’s Julian Marquez (3-1) on October 14 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Three other fights for the card were announced earlier this week to include a main event bantamweight title bout between John “Sexy” Castanada and Gustavo Lopez.
Hamill, who was born deaf, was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 3 reality television show, training under former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. He won a preliminary fight against Mike Nickels via decision, but was unable to continue into the semi-finals due to injuries.
“The Hammer” would have a total of 15 fights in the UFC over a seven-year period.
Despite losing five of his six last fights, Hamill still enjoys the competition and is looking to bounce back from a loss to Vinny Magalhaes in World Series of Fighting, following by a quick knockout by Rameau Thierry Sokodjou in Italy in May.
Marquez is coming off a submission win from strikes over Idrees Wasi at Combate Americas: Road to the Championship 5 in May.
Combate Americas is the first Hispanic mixed martial arts sports and media franchise. It was founded in August 2011 by UFC co-creator Campbell McLaren.
Tickets for “Combate Americas: Empire Rising” are on sale and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $75, for cageside, $65, $50 and $35, and may be subject to additional fees. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the event, and the first preliminary bout will begin at 6 p.m.
Additional bouts will be announced soon.