UFC Light Heavyweight Matt "The Hammer" Hamill announces his retirement

UFC veteran Matt “The Hammer” Hamill has officially retired from mixed martial arts.

The announcement was made today via his personal website, MattHamill.com.

Hamill’s decision comes just days following his emphatic TKO loss against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 133. The second-round drumming he took at the hands of the Swede marked two straight losses for “The Hammer,” who had come up short on the scorecards against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson back in May.

The Ultimate Fighter 3 competitor both explained his decision and thanked the UFC for the opportunities they presented him:

“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 … 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. I want to thank Dana White, Joe Silva Lorenzo Fertitta and everyone at the UFC for the opportunity to make something special out of my life… Thank you to all my training partners who have shared their blood sweat and tears with me along the way. Thank you to all my friends and family for their unconditional support and most of all thank you to my fans! It’s the fans that have made this the truly special experience it has been. The UFC has become family to me and I hope to be involved with the number one mixed martial arts organization in the world as a coach, ambassador and fan for a long time to come.”

Hamill, 34, retires with a professional MMA record of 10-4, having competed 13 times under the UFC banner. Prior to the recent defeats, he enjoyed a five-fight winning streak, including victories over former division champion Tito Ortiz and current title holder Jon Jones. In addition to his hard-nosed fighting style, Hamill will be remembered as the first born-deaf UFC fighter in the promotion’s history.

Further Reading: UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill Pre-Fight Interviews

Photo: Matt Hamill celebrates his victory over Mark Munoz during UFC 96 at the Nationwide Arena on March 7, 2009 in Columbus, OH. Francis Specker 


18 Comments

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    borealis19

    August 9, 2011 at 12:06 am

    Why??!!! He is such a role model to many people who overcame hardship in life…I expected him to be mentally tougher…

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    colktfo

    August 9, 2011 at 12:15 am

    Matt i back u 100 percent. uv inspired me and lots of people. ive enjoyed watching u fight over the years and enjoy ur retirement.

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    Razz J

    August 9, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Good question, he may just feel his time is up and wants to move on in life. Lets face it (obviously there are a few exceptions) mixed martial arts is a relatively short lived career, maybe Matt just wanted to retire early to do something else with his life while he is still very young. May be a smart choice for him personally, we shall see.
    Good luck to Matt in whatever he does.

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    Joey Santosus

    August 9, 2011 at 12:29 am

    At the risk of sounding like one of “those” people, I kind of predicted this on Saturday night. After his loss, I kept thinking about how discouraged he must be at this stage of his career. He was defeated by Rampage quite handily, which basically meant that he was not going to successfully break into the top of the division just yet. Then to turn around and lose to Gustafsson, who is/was currently an unranked competitor, he’d basically have to re-start his entire run at the title from scratch… Considering he’s 34 and didn’t even really come close to a title shot in his last run, I can understand his decision here. Nothing but respect for the guy tho and I wish him the best in his future endeavors.

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    thealex

    August 9, 2011 at 12:32 am

    man i hate to see matt walk away from mma, kinda early i believe but you know whats best for you youre a huge inspiration to many people everywhere. god bless!

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    ShenronRage

    August 9, 2011 at 12:52 am

    I don’t think its about being mentally tough, I can think whatever I want but if my body says no then what can I do about it, and for Hamill it is more important to be there for his kid and his grandchildren as a physically capable man.

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    GianGiacommo G

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Rumor was that Dana DOUCHE threaten to cut him,he said that he didn’t know what to do with the “floundering” Hamill,are you ****ing kidding me Dana? he just fought a little bit ago against Rampage,took this fight in short notice,he won the 1st round again Gustafsson in my opinion,all that Gustafsson did on the 1st round was hop around the octagon,Hamill connected a few shots at least,you were thinking og cutting Hamill but yet you don’t want to cut that bum of Akiyama? are u ****ing kidding me? what a insult!!!!!

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    Vergina

    August 9, 2011 at 1:13 am

    You don’t even know its true, its a frucking rumor lol getting mad over fake things

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    hondata79

    August 9, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Prob the first time a fight chose to retire at the right time !

    Good luck with the rest of your life Hammer ! ! !

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    whitey

    August 9, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Classy way to go I hope you enjoy your retirement from MMA.

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    Joey Santosus

    August 9, 2011 at 2:56 am

    Lol.. The only truth to that statement is that, when questioned regarding what’s next for Hamill, Dana White replied by admitting that he didn’t know yet.

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    ogobska

    August 9, 2011 at 3:03 am

    its tougher when you quit and change your routine

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    moots

    August 9, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Joey, I appreciate the article but I feel the section referring to his ‘victory’ over Jon Jones should have an asterisk – he ‘won’ via disqualification because he was unable to continue the fight supposedly (and wrongly in my opinion and many people’s opinions) due to some illegal 12 to 6 elbows by Jon Jones. Jon Jones was WELL on his way to beating Hamill by TKO.

    I share this simply because I don’t want someone new to the sport or unfamiliar with that fight to have the wrong impression of what happened. Jon Jones is as undefeated as Fedor was prior to the Werdum fight.

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    nochoice

    August 9, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I always remember hamill for his wrestling in tuf, where he dared all the guys to wrestle him and he didn’t use his arms, no one could get him down, hamill later apoligized because it maybe was to c.o.c.k.y.

    Good luck with everything matt, enjoyed all your fights, thanks !!!

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    diamond-mma2

    August 9, 2011 at 6:00 am

    I Did not see this coming

    but seen how he fought in UFC 133 i do believe him about the injury’s and hard times, i see him retired in a smart way he does has other business to go for

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    Spyridon

    August 9, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I didnt see this coming either, but I respect his decision 100%.

    He was an inspiration for what he has done, always respectful, and you could tell he cared for the fans. Even when he got mangled by Jones he apologized to the fans, so for giving us respect I hope he gets it back in return. He deserves it and I wish him best of luck.

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    Joey Santosus

    August 9, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    There’s always an asterisk next to that win for Hamill… I figured maybe, just this once, we could just give him credit ;)

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    moots

    August 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Credit should be given where credit is due ;)

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