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Matt Hamill Retires After UFC 133 Loss

Written on August 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Matt Hamill bids his farewell to active MMA competition, following his UFC 133 loss against Alexander Gustafsson.

A couple of days after suffering a savage defeat at , announced his retirement from Mixed Martial Arts. As posted 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. 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.”

His match against last Saturday was his to-remain-or-go chance in the promotion. Matt Hamill faced his opponent on less than one month’s notice, in lieu of injured .

But despite leaving the active MMA competition, the Hammer guaranteed his fans that he will not leave the sports altogether.

“I have fallen in love with the sport of mixed martial arts and I will continue to coach at our gym, Mohawk Valley MMA, alongside my teammates and help the next generation of fighters make it to the UFC. 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.”

Matt Hamill leaves MMA with a 10-4 record, holding notable wins over Tito Otiz, Keith Jardine and Mark Munoz. He is also the sole fighter who was able to defeat the current light heavyweight champion, , in a December 2009 match which resulted to disqualification.

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