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Matt Hamill out 3-4 weeks, Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera at UFC 102 (Updated)

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An intriguing light-heavyweight bout between Matt Hamill (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Brandon Vera (10-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been scratched from UFC 102's main card and will be replaced by a Vera vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (18-8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fight.

The change, first reported by Sherdog, resulted from an injured knee suffered by Hamill during a recent training session.

"(It's) just a meniscus tear," Hamill's trainer, Duff Holmes, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's going for a scope tomorrow, and we'll be back to training after three or four weeks of rehab.

"It was something that just crept up on us and was getting worse and worse. It was really affecting his ability to go to the ground and was giving out on him. ... We are very disappointed with having to pull out, and we were really looking forward to the fight with Vera. He is a true mixed martial artist, and we were eager to test Matt against someone of his abilities."

UFC 102 takes place Aug. 29 at the Rose Center in Portland, Ore. The event, headlined by Randy Couture vs. fellow former UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, airs on pay-per-view.

As of Monday afternoon, the Vera vs. Hamill bout was still listed on UFC.com. Although not official, the Vera vs. Soszynski bout will likely remain on the night's televised main card.
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So now they can set Bisping vs. Hamill for UFC 105 ?

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This is an interesting fight to call, I might go with Krzy he's been on a roll.

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Posted by Kpro

So now they can set Bisping vs. Hamill for UFC 105 ?



If so, the UFC would be keeping up with the recent trend of "re-matches of close fights that no one really wants to see."

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The UFC must love Krzysztof, he is always willing to take a fight on short notice. Hamill vs Bisping would be nice to settle that score, if Bisping hadnt dropped down to MW.

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If Krzysztof wins this, he's a definite upper-mid level player in that division.

Hate Vera, so will be cheering the KRZ on.

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will be a great fight. not sure who to pick. Brandon might over whelm him in the clinch with knees or slap on a slick sub off his back.


Definitely leaning toward Vera with his experience!

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Unfortunate for my boy Hamill, I always look forward to his fights.

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I think Vera will probably win but I'm hoping The Polish Experiment wins because I am not a big fan of Vera. Interesting matchup though.

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Posted by Kpro

So now they can set Bisping vs. Hamill for UFC 105 ?



If so, the UFC would be keeping up with the recent trend of "re-matches of close fights that no one really wants to see."




Not only that, but rematches between fighters that are now in different weight divisions.

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Had Matt Hamill winning the original fight...

Switching it over to Krysztoff... I never really thought Brandon Vera was great anyways...

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Posted by joshryanshepherd

will be a great fight. not sure who to pick. Brandon might over whelm him in the clinch with knees or slap on a slick sub off his back.


Definitely leaning toward Vera with his experience!



I think Krzy has more exp, maybe not UFC fights 18-8-1 will be his 4th UFC fight.

Vera 10-3 next will be his 10 UFC fight.

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Veras most likely going to kill him. Striking wise, it should be a first round massacre with Vera just picking him apart if they wanna stand, Veras a huge 205er, I think it will definitely be hard to get him to the ground and keep him there, and I definitely think Veras BJJ is better then Krz. Bad match up for Krysztof IMO. Vera has the ability to take him out impressively in the 1st round and make it look like what he did to Pratt, depends if Vera lives up to his potential and how long he lets this one last. But Kryz defintely has a punchers chance, just think Veras technique is at a whole other level.

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Posted by NatedawgThaM

Veras most likely going to kill him. Striking wise, it should be a first round massacre with Vera just picking him apart if they wanna stand, Veras a huge 205er, I think it will definitely be hard to get him to the ground and keep him there, and I definitely think Veras BJJ is better then Krz. Bad match up for Krysztof IMO. Vera has the ability to take him out impressively in the 1st round and make it look like what he did to Pratt, depends if Vera lives up to his potential and how long he lets this one last. But Kryz defintely has a punchers chance, just think Veras technique is at a whole other level.



Kryzstoff cuts from bigger than Vera used to fight at HW as, actually. In terms of size the distinct advantage should go to Kryzstoff. Just wait til you see them lined up next to each other at the weigh ins. K.S. is freaking massive.

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i think stylisticlly this is a good match for Vera

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