Roger Hollett takes Matt Hamill to the mat at UFC 152 in Toronto, Sept. 22, 2012. (JACK BOLAND/QMI Agency)
Roger (The Hulk) Hollett just wants to show fans what he can do with a full training camp behind him.
The Halifax light-heavyweight made a less-than-stellar octagon debut at UFC 152 last September, losing a unanimous decision to Matt Hamill. However, Hollett's preparation for the bout was marred by an ongoing contract dispute with Bellator.
At one point, the UFC was forced to remove Hollett from the card entirely, replacing him with Vladimir Matyushenko. When Matyushenko suffered an injury, Hollett was called back into action, but had little time to finalize preparation for Hamill.
Following the loss, Hollett was ready to fight again right away, getting paired with Brazilian Wagner Prado in January, before having to bow out due to a torn bicep.
“That was a tough one because I had an unbelievable camp and was in top shape,” Hollett said in a phone interview. “The week before, it was just a freak accident. I was hitting the mitts and tore the bicep.”
Hollett looks to reintroduce himself to fans when he battles Fabio Maldonado on the undercard of UFC on FX 8 May 18 in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil. The event will be headlined by a middleweight contender bout between Vitor Belfort and Luke Rockhold.
With preparations for Maldonado nearing completion, Hollett said he can't wait to show fans what he's made of.
“I just want to showcase, when I've had a full camp, what I'm capable of doing,” he said. “I had a s----y first (fight) and then I had to pull out due to a torn bicep. I haven't been able to show anything yet. So I'm just excited to get out there and showcase some stuff.
“I'm starting to peak right now, so everything's coming together. I'm feeling really good. You need a full camp against these guys. These guys are the best in the world. So you need a full camp to prepare for people.”