UFC veteran Matt “The Hammer” Hamill shocked many MMA fans when he announced his retirement on August 8. Hamill, who earned a spot on the third season of the “Ultimate Fighter” reality series with only one MMA fight under his belt, suffered the first back-to-back loss of his career at UFC 133.
“Today is a sad day for me.” Hamill wrote on his website. “After six years and 13 fights in the UFC I’m ready to hang up my gloves and retire from this amazing sport. The UFC has been extremely good to me and given me an opportunity to make a great living. That exposure has allowed me options outside the Octagon as well. I just don’t have it in me to fight anymore and my last two performances have shown that. 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.”
Hamill immediately gained a lot on fans on the “Ultimate Fighter,” thanks to his impressive wrestling skills (which gave British MMA fighter Michael Bisping many sleepless nights during the show), and his willingness to learn the game.
One of Hamill’s most memorable MMA fights was against Michael Bisping at UFC 75. The bad blood had been brewing between the two for a while, and Hamill came out swinging. Hamill dominated the MMA fight between the two fighters at UFC 75, but ended up getting robbed by the British judges who awarded the fight to Bisping. Hamill dealt with the controversial decision gracefully, securing the admiration of many MMA fans.
Most trainers wouldn’t recommend starting off your MMA career at 28, but Hamill did just that, putting together an impressive 10-4 record. With wins over Seth Petruzelli (first MMA fighter to defeat Kimbo Slice), Mark Munoz, and Keith Jardine, Hamill can be proud of his accomplishments inside the Octagon.