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 MattHamill.com.
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