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