“Today is a sad day for me. After six years and 13 fights in the UFC I’m ready to hang up my gloves and retire from this amazing sport.” Matt Hamill announced via his official website.
Hamill who was recently seen in the preliminary fights of UFC 133 on SpikeTv lost against Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson. In the fight Hamill didn’t appear to be his usual self, failing to commit on his takedown attempts in both the first and second rounds. The crowd cheered on Hamill who eventually lost the fight after Dan Miragliotta had seen him suffer enough damage at the hands of Gustafsson.
For many of us it was tough to watch the fall of such an inspirational fighter like Hamill who is deaf. He reminded so many of us not to let anything hold us back from our dreams as we watched him live out his own.
Hamill gained attention as a contestant on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, but was unable to continue after a preliminary fight due to injuries. Injuries have been the downfall of Hamill’s career as he has struggled with numerous injuries leading up to each of his fights. “I was ready to make this decision after UFC 130 but my friends, family coaches and most importantly my daughter encouraged me to give it one last chance. My career has been plagued by injuries starting with The Ultimate Fighter and disrupted my training ever since. There hasn’t been even one training camp where I’ve been able to train without training around an injury. I have not been kind to my body and it has nothing left after 28 years of non stop competition. It’s time to finally give it a rest.
Hamill’s career comes to an end with an overall record of 10-4, nine of those fights with the UFC organization. Perhaps his greatest achievement with the organization and most notable win came against his coach of The Ultimate Fighter, Tito Ortiz, at UFC 121. Matt “The Hammer” Hamill will be greatly missed inside the octagon.
On a personal note the very first live UFC event the MMATraining.com team attended was at UFC 68 in Columbus Ohio and the first fight we ever saw live? Matt Hamill kicking the crap out of Rex Hollman. Good luck in your next chapter Matt.