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Matt Hamill sick, out of WSOF 19 bout opposite Thiago Silva

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PHOENIX -- Matt Hamill's rematch with Thiago Silva and WSOF debut will have to wait. Hamill was forced to withdraw from WSOF 19's co-main event at the eleventh hour after falling ill on Saturday morning, WSOF executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAFighting.com.

In Hamill's stead, light heavyweight prospect Teddy Holder (8-1) agreed to face Silva on just a few hours notice. Holder rides a seven-fight win streak into his WSOF debut.

As a result of the late switch, Holder's initial opponent Jake Heun will instead meet Clifford Starks in a main card bout.

The odd man out, Eddie Arizmendi, was paid both his show and win money, according to Abdel-Aziz.

"We are obviously very disappointed that Matt Hamill will not be able to compete tonight but, under no circumstance, would we ask a fighter to enter the WSOF cage if he or she sustains an injury or comes down with any kind of illness prior to a scheduled bout," said WSOF President Ray Sefo via press release.

"We are appreciative that Teddy Holder was willing to step up and accept a new opponent and formidable challenge on such short notice," continued Sefo.

WSOF 19 takes place March 28 at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. The main card will air live on NBC Sports Network.

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