UFC 152: Vladimir Matyushenko out with torn Achilles tendon, Roger Hollett back in against Matt Hamill

Pictured: Vladimir Matyushenko. Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

This one sounds more like an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Vladimir Matyushenko, the veteran light heavyweight who stepped in for Roger Hollett to take on Matt Hamill (who was returning from retirement) at UFC 152 next weekend (Sept. 22, 2012), is out indefinitely after suffering a torn Achilles tendon in training. In his place? Hamill's originally scheduled opponent, Roger Hollett.

The news coming via the UFC's official Canadian Twitter account.

While the game of switcheroo might be puzzling, the real story here is the horrific injury to Matyushenko, who at 41 years old, might be forced to retire. Injuries to the Achilles tendon are particularly bad and have been known to take a year to fully recover from. Matyushenko will be turning 42 in January and asking someone to come back from an injury like this might be too tall of a task for a combatant who's been competing since 1997.

Roger Hollett was originally removed from the bout with an unspecified injury just three weeks ago although it's now rumored that the reason he was pulled was due to an issue with his prior Bellator contract. Hollett competed for Bellator last November and was expected to be a participant in the recent 2012 Summer Series Light Heavyweight tournament before it was announced he'd signed with the UFC.

We'll have more information on that situation as it develops.

For now, it's deja vu all over again.

Hamill should be able to adapt to the new opponent considering it was the man he was originally announced to be fighting to begin with, although he'll still be looking to shake the rust off considering he hasn't competed in over a year.

UFC 152 will feature a Light Heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Vitor Belfort and 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.

For the latest UFC 152 news and notes be sure to check out our complete event archive right here.

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