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Matt Hamill Defends His Trainer

(No, Matt! Don’t stand and trade with her, take her down! Photo from MMA Hot Stuff.)

After Matt Hamill‘s loss to Rich Franklin at UFC 88, Duff Holmes, Hamill’s trainer, was not pleased. Holmes claimed that his man had no fighting spirit, that he’d let the UFC and his fans down, and that “The Hammer” had some psychological issues to work out before he ever got in the Octagon again. Taking this gripe to the media seemed counterproductive to us, not to mention completely unnecessary. Hamill, however, says he isn’t bothered by it:

“I don’t follow what people say in the media,” said Hamill. “All I can say is I didn’t follow the game plan that we put together. Duff wants me to perform at the level he knows I’m capable of. I’m glad I have a trainer that won’t accept that performance and I respect him for speaking the truth. Duff didn’t do anything wrong.”


“I guess people are right to say that I was too nice and I let our friendship take my killer instinct away,” said Hamill. “But I can’t take anything away from Rich. Rich is a great guy and a great fighter.”

Aw, dammit, Matt. You’re doing it again! You’re being too nice! Where’s the killer instinct? Where’s the anger? Quick, call somebody a cocksucker. Anyone, it doesn’t matter who. Go on. I’ll wait…

You’re not going to do it, are you? Okay, fine. I can’t stay mad at you. You’re just so likable.

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ass man- September 24, 2008 at 1:06 am
jake you're an ass and i am just as fuck up when i said he should promote a recorded label
ass man- September 24, 2008 at 1:06 am
jake you're an ass and i just as fuck up when i said he should promote a recorded label
Turdburglar- September 23, 2008 at 6:12 pm
THATS RIGHT!....Ice...Man. I am dangerous.

are you chuck? did you find your jaw yet? last I heard it was flying over Nantucket.
Jake- September 23, 2008 at 1:55 pm
I think Matt just needs to listen to his corner better. In the fight with Franklin I could hear them yelling at him to take him down and he just stood there trading punches. Maybe he was just too focused on the fight.
Mirjitsu- September 23, 2008 at 1:04 pm
Matt Hamill smiles as he gets KTFO by another "Friend".
iceman- September 23, 2008 at 3:52 am
hey turdburglar your a loser, he is deaf that is why he cannot pronounce words properly. If you weren't such a douche you would know that. Also you dont need to know what he is saying cause im sure him punching you in the face would say a lot and you could understand that
turdburglar- September 23, 2008 at 3:01 am
I can't even understand what the fuck this guy is saying half the time.... Muuu blaaa blaa muu. that's about it.

Later, I'm going to go get some fucking mountain dew.

Turd out.
Set the record straight- September 23, 2008 at 2:17 am
Theres enough dickwads in the fight game eg: Diaz brothers,Karo, I'm glad theres a few class acts around like Hamill ,Franklin, Silva etc, Hamill will sort things out and be back better for it.
Rachel- September 23, 2008 at 12:14 am
i assure you - there was no photo shopping done.

Payday- September 22, 2008 at 9:32 pm
That fight between Matt and Rich kind of sucked for me as a fan because I didn't want to see either guy lose. Both are class acts...double KO would have been the preferred outcome. I hope Hamill continues on and does well - good for him standing behind his trainer and hopefully it puts a little steam behind him.
CB's stiff upper lip- September 22, 2008 at 5:24 pm
Looks like someone photoshopped a mans head onto a mans body there...wait...
mayhem420- September 22, 2008 at 4:25 pm
He has a long way to go as a fighter and what he did happens to allot of guys.
Look at the first GSP vs Matt Hughes fight. Back then GSP couldnt even do the stare down with Matt since Hughes was his hero back then.
That will change with more time in the cage.
CM- September 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm
He is a great fighter, and a great example of heart. Imagine fighting without being cornered and to execute every single detail perfectly without hearing your coaches. He is good, but he had a bad fight, who doesnt?>??
Mike- September 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm
It would be pretty awesome if Hamill got into a heal mentality.
Bond- September 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm
Looks like someone photoshopped a guys head on a girls body there...