"The Janitor" is ready to clean house.
Long-time veteran Vladimir Matyushenko will return to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) at UFC 152, stepping in for the injured Roger Hollett to take on the formerly retired Matt Hamill at the upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) event from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Sept. 22, 2012.
UFC made the announcement earlier this evening on its official Canadian Twitter.com account.
Matyushenko (26-6) is a wrestler who has now fought 11 times under the UFC banner. He exited the promotion in 2003 but a 9-1 stint outside the promotion including a run as the inaugural IFL Light Heavyweight champion brought him back.
The Belarusian has gone 4-2 in the UFC since making his return in 2009, but is coming off a first round TKO loss at the hands of top prospect Alexander Gustafsson back at UFC 141 this past December.
Hamill (10-4) was always on the fringe of the top 10 in the light heavyweight division but could never break through. After getting close to the top, consecutive losses to Quinton Jackson and Alexander Gustafsson as well as the accumulation of severe injuries forced him to announce his retirement last August.
After over a year to rest up his injuries, the sport called him back and he'll be ready to "Hammer" Matyushenko next month.
UFC 152 will feature the inaugural flyweight title between 125-ers Joseph Benavidez vs. Demetrious Johnson. Also on tap is a middleweight scrap between Michael Bisping vs. Brian Stann and a lightweight tilt featuring Canadian T.J. Grant vs. Evan Dunham.
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