UFC Fight Night 29: Previewing Matt Hamill vs Thiago Silva

By Jeremy Green
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Tom Szczerbowsk-USA Today Sports

UFC Fight Night 29 features an important light heavyweight bout between vets Thiago Silva and Matt Hamil. Both have been out of the cage for some time now, and they will be looking to get a signature win when they square off.

Silva has been one of the most feared strikers in the division, but his recent struggles with failed drug tests have hindered him from really making waves in the division. He is a devastating muay thai practitioner, and his ground game is very competent. He even holds a black belt in jiu jitsu and trains with a great camp in the Blackzillians.

Yet, he hasn’t been able to breakthrough and showcase his relentless offense as of late. He will be looking to change this when he takes on Hamil, who was previously retired before this fight; he  hasn’t competed in the UFC since 2012. His last bout, which was against Roger Hollett, ended with a win, but Hamil decided to call it quits as a UFC fighter.

Now, it seems like he still has the itch to compete, and it will be interesting to see how he has progressed as a fighter, despite not having been an active fighter. Hamil has a lot of signature wins on his record, which were over Tito Ortiz, Keith Jardine, and his KO head kick over Mark Munoz.

But perhaps Hamil is most notable for his loss, which was ruled a win, against Jon Jones, who illegally elbowed Hamil in the first round. All of the ups and downs have made Hamil a better person and fighter, and he truly is an inspiration to the deaf community and people everywhere around the world. This light heavyweight bout keeps the winner relevant, and the loser may have to rethink their careers as a fighter.

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