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Matt Hamill Retires From MMA Following Second-Straight Loss at UFC 133

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After a 9-4 UFC run that included impressive victories over Mark Munoz, Tito Ortiz, Keith Jardine, Tim Boetsch, and Seth Petruzelli, light-heavyweight contender Matt Hamill has confirmed that he is retiring from MMA competition. The TUF 3 castmember and inspirational figure made the announcement on his website today, in the wake of his TKO loss to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 133. As Hamill wrote:

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.

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. 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.

I can’t continue to fight without having the hunger and desire to do so. I can’t let my performances reflect on my coaches who are the best in the world and the reason I’ve made it this far.

I have fallen in love with the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and I will continue to coach at our gym Mohawk Valley MMA along side my teammates and help the next generation of fighters make it to the UFC. I also look forward to continuing my business ventures outside the UFC including “Hamill” the movie based on my life story set to be released this fall.

Prior to Saturday night, Hamill’s only career losses came against former champions Quinton Jackson and Rich Franklin, as well as his controversial split-decision loss against Michael Bisping. (There was also his DQ “victory” against future champ Jon Jones.) But losing to a mid-level up-and-comer like Gustafsson was apparently the final sign that the game was passing him by. It’s rare to find an MMA fighter who hangs up the gloves before the sport has completely chewed him up. Hats off to Hamill for a fantastic career, and for knowing when to walk away.

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Mir please break Brocks neck- August 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Matt Hamill is FIRST CLASS. Thank you for the great fights! All the best in life! You'll be missed!
EDoggFunkMonk- August 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm
Raise a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in his honor!
XENOPHON- August 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I watched the fight and Bitchping (GRIN) did not win, not by a long shot was it even close. After looking at his competition Bixping is not good enough to ever wear a belt in the UFC. He is like his boss, all talk - no go.
KarmaAteMyCat- August 9, 2011 at 10:39 am
It's another language what else would you call it? You can refer to it as Signing or Speaking but it is most certainly another language.
danomite- August 9, 2011 at 10:12 am
do they really call it "speaking" fluent ASL? I guess there really isn't a better word for it when you think about it.
danomite- August 9, 2011 at 10:08 am
well, if no one hears from Xenophon again we know that he really did stumble upon a vast UFC conspiracy to turn Bitchping into a champion and not just drawing wild conclusions from a bunch of loosely connected dots like an MMA version of Glenn Beck.
jfjjfjff- August 9, 2011 at 9:42 am
the amount of spam comments on this site is fucking astonishing.
XENOPHON- August 9, 2011 at 8:08 am
- Called it with the "special yellow school bus" comment after Saturday's fight...and it had nothing to do with auditory defects or physical injuries.

- I witnessed a marked change after he was robbed of his run-in with Bisping. I think his mind that never recovered after London.

- Who's to blame, I have a different view than most. If not himself - it's Joe Silva and without a doubt the palm greasing Marc RATner. Hamill had only 4 previous fights when the UFC matched him against Bisping at UFC 75.

- Hamill's first of four previous fights was not in the UFC, it was a small town organization - against Robert Hitte who was never seen again. His 2nd was the TUF3 final against Jesse Forbes who also fell off the face of the planet after the fight.

- Hamill's 3rd fight was with Rex Holman (who BTW was also never was seen again). The 4th fight was against Petruzelli, who at the the time his only legitimate competition.

- At the time of the UFC 75 match-up with the wet behind the ears Hamill, Bisping was already sporting a (13-0) record. Who the fuck makes a fight like that????

- If you don't think the fix was in, both American judges scored the bout 29–28 for Bisping, the lone British judge voted 30–27 for Hamill winning all 3 rounds.

- Hamill to his credit, naively (and likely at the urging of the UFC) released this statement just a couple hours after the controversial fight:

"I think MMA is a great sport and I don't believe in any kind of a fix. The two judges that scored the win for Bisping obviously need to re-evaluate the way they score a fight. You can't win a fight when you run for three rounds. They need to study the criteria for scoring an MMA fight: effective striking, grappling, takedowns, aggression and control. Bisping did none of that in my opinion."

- Another odd inconsistency was that Hamill was in London, when that message on his website miraculously appeared. The question is, who the fuck rights a letter like that a mere 2 hours after they lose a fight?

- Even if Hamill and his (confidants) suspected "the Fix" was in, you would at least think twice about using such a strong statement. Well, not unless it had already been suggested to him by his boss, or drafted for him as a arms length effort for distancing from what took place.

- Because England has no athletic commission, the UFC was responsible for regulating the event. UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner was charged with the tasks of drug testing the fighters and choosing officials -- and would you guess that including Jeff Mullen and Cecil Peoples -- to judge the UFC 75.

- Instead of investing in Hamill, the UFC exploited his disability and obvious nativity. They simply used him as a sacrificial lamb to boost the UFC pizazz for their big marketing push in the U.K.

- I sure as hell hope Hamill (and his team) reflects on all this bullshit, re-calibrates his metal resolve, gets healthy, and eventually decides to continue competing, outside the UFC.
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RwilsonR- August 8, 2011 at 10:43 pm
Sounds like a good decision for him, and this sport was better for having had him in it. I think he would make a good embassador for the sport as it pushes towards mainstream acceptance, and I hope Matt continues towards that.
magcshroom- August 8, 2011 at 9:39 pm
People were telling Matt Hamill to continue fighting but he obviously wasn't hearing it.
Todd M- August 8, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Hamill is the man, I wish him success in retirement, Every time he won I let out a huge WOOOOHH!!
@ccman u don't always have to be 'on' with the 'comedy', let a guy have his moment. To suggest he only beat cans is also pretty ignorant
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KarmaAteMyCat- August 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm
This is a very difficult thing for me to read. Matt has always been a huge inspiration to me as we both went to the same college and the fact that I have some hearing issues and speak fluent ASL. Matt is just an amazing person with an amazing story I am honestly relieved he didn't overkill it by seeking that one win to end his career on. I always enjoyed Matt's fights and I will miss him. A class act, a great person and an inspiration has left the competitive side of the sport..
joshuan29- August 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm
Shoulda retired after beating Tito's ass so he coulda gone out on a high note. Seriously though, all the best to Matt. I enjoyed him, and a 9-4 UFC record is something to be proud of.
fatbellyfrank- August 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm
All the best to you Matt, a good guy going out on his own terms
jgrant- August 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm
I was never a big fan of Hamill as a fighter but he seemed like a great guy and he was certainly very inspirational. I'm glad he's walking away on his terms. He might not have been the best fighter in the world but he always fought hard and gave some top guys a tough fight. I hope he does well in his future endeavors.
ccman- August 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm
Seriously, can we ditch the captcha and make you guys mopnitor IP addys yet? they beat you.

on article Translation:"I unna wetiwe, I wealize i cunt actuuuawy figt. I quwushed sum canz, and fer dat i am pwoud, but eenywun wit an ova and wright, i will wooosss."
sniffin_arriyanis_asshole- August 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Retired, or avoiding being fired.
Chipper- August 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm
Matt may have never gotten over the hump and into champion territory but his career was a success and he played the game the right way. I couldn't imagine going out on a loss though...especially if you took the fight on a short notice. He still probably has the desire to fight...maybe we'll see him back? Brett Favre and Randy Coture have ruined the word retire to me.

But anywhooo I'm sure Matt was an inspiration to people with hearing can still be anything you want ! 'Cept a music producer
j-k-martin- August 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm
Sad to see him go. He was never a super exciting guy but he was a hard worker who was easy to root for. I am glad he went out on his own terms instead of pushing his body until it fell apart.
I Know Nothing- August 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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2and0- August 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm
@ninja- HE CAN"T HEAR YOU!