By Jesse Holland, MMA MANIA
Stop: “Hammer” time!
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Matt Hamill, who cut his teeth on season three of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), will continue his comeback tour when he fights Julian Marquez for Combate Americas inside Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York, on Fri., Oct. 14, 2016.
Combate Americas: “Empire Rising” airs live on beIN SPORTS En Español and UFC Fight Pass (more on that here).
Hamill, 39, is in dire need of a victory, having dropped three consecutive bouts and five of his last six. The 11-7 “Hammer” was last seen at Venator FC 3 back in May, where he was stopped by fellow UFC veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
After a brief pit stop in Bellator MMA, Marquez (3-1) transitioned to the ranks of Combate Americas just a few months back. The decision proved fruitful, as “The Cuban Missile Crisis” bombed Idrees Wasi into second-round submission.
No doubt nailing “The Hammer” would cement his status as a major player at 205 pounds.
Tickets for Combate Americas: "Empire Rising" are on sale now and can be purchased at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $75, for cageside, $65, $50 and $35, and may be subject to additional fees.
Additional bouts will be announced soon.