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Matt Hamill Announces His Retirement From MMA

Fedor Emelianenko may not be retiring, but Matt Hamill is.

Hamill made the announcement today on his official website.

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.

It’s a bit unexpected, but it makes sense given Hamill’s uninspiring performances as of late. If his heart isn’t in it, then I’d say he absolutely made the right decision.

Matt Hamill finishes his career with a 10-4-0 record with notable wins over Seth Petruzelli, Tim Boetsch, Mark Munoz, Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz. His full statement can be read at

Image via Terry Goodlad for Sherdog

  • Ed Lib

    Man, for sure we don´t how was the dude´s life with this thing of “training around an injury”, but this may have been a too rushed decision… 
    Maybe the guy should change his ways, like giving his body a rest or getting surgeries like fighters always do. Or even try to reset his fighting career in a different division (like 185)…I mean, the guy has been fighting in the most competitive division!

  • Jacob Berezansky

    That’s a bummer. I like Hamill a lot; he’s also one of the kindest fighters I’ve ever met, but he knows what’s best for him. With him only saying good things about the UFC, I’m sure he would be welcomed back after a two or three year lay off if he so chooses.

  • sandman

    He shows respect to the UFC, his coaches, training partners, etc. He averages 2 fights a year so obviously there is something bothering him to make this decision. He knows best. Hope all is well for him….

  • Matt Silliman

    He was never gonna hold a belt, but he did have some great fights.

    • sam_snee

      kind of a dick thing to say dude. 

  • Fantom_539

    I have all the respect in the world for this guy. To deal with his issues and still be able to accomplish soo much it’s very inspiring. I hope the best for Matt and can’t wait to see his movie.

  • Quardy

    I enjoy the self promotions are the end…. pretty clever!

  • Anonymous

    If Matt really loves fighting he’ll be back in a few years. He should let his body rest and heal for a couple of years and perhaps he will get his motivation back.
    Injuries suck, thats fact. But sometimes the only way to get free of em’ is to jsut let go of the whole thing and don’t stress the body.

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