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UFC veteran Din Thomas victorious in MMA return

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He's back.

It's been over two years, but longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Din Thomas finally returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) action at "Pure MMA 2" last Saturday night (May 12, 2012) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, submitting up-and-coming featherweight prospect Cody Bollinger via first-round submission (armbar).

"Dinyero" was originally supposed to compete at "Fight Time 7" from the War Memorial Auditorium last October in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, but ended up in the hospital after totaling his car on the way to the arena.

Thomas (26-8) is currently riding a four-fight win streak, which includes a submission victory (triangle choke) over Dustin Pierkin at Headhunter Productions "The Patriot Act" back in Feb. 2009 followed by a technical knockout win (knee) over Gabe Lemley at "March Badness" just over a month later.

Is this the beginning of his MMA rebirth?

Complete Pure MMA 2 event results, courtesy of after the jump.

Din Thomas def. Cody Bollinger via submission
Pete Martin def. Michael Byrnes via unanimous decision
Waylon Lowe def. Mike Diggs via TKO
Rustam Khabilov def. Jason Dent via unanimous decision
Brett Martinez def. Kenneth Nagle via submission
Jason Gladey def. Tyrelle Olding via submission
Elder Ramos def. James Watts via KO
Lazaro Gonzalez def. Craig Moyer via submission
Brandon Williams def. Neil Darrow via submission

For more on the crazy ups-and-downs of Din's career click here and here.