Not having the hunger or desire to fight anymore for a fighter is like a marathon running saying they don’t have the hunger or desire to run, it’s a big deal. That’s the case for the UFC veteran and Ultimate Fighter 3 contestant, Matt “The Hammer” Hamill who announced his retirement from MMA today.
“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,” Hamill posted on his website.
Hamill (10-4) just fought at this past weekends UFC 133 card against Alexander Gustafsson, where he lost via a second round TKO. The loss was Hamill’s second consecutive loss, something the three-time NCAA div. III National Wrestling Champion had never experienced. Those last two performances could be indicative of the mindset of Hamill himself though.
“I just don’t have it on me to fight anymore and my last two performances have shown that,” explained Hamill. He went on to say, “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.”
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Hamill had 13 of his 14 professional Mixed Martial Arts bouts under the UFC banner and has stepped into the Octagon against such fighters as, Michael Bisping, Rich Franklin, Jon Jones, Tito Ortiz and Quinton Jackson. For those counting that makes four current or former UFC champions.
Sometimes an athlete just knows when its time to call it quits. To read the entire retirement letter, check out Matt’s website at www.matthamill.com.
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