MMA  > General MMA  > Matt Hamill Retires from MMA
August 8, 2011, 07:03 PM
"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 ...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."
August 8, 2011  09:33 PM ET

This is a little surprising to me but at least he knows when hes done

August 8, 2011  09:52 PM ET

More athletes should retire as gracefully as he just did. Most don't know when to hang it up or how to let go

August 8, 2011  11:21 PM ET

Love the guy. Big fan.

August 9, 2011  12:03 AM ET

All the best to Matt.

August 9, 2011  09:03 AM ET

I enjoyed Matts fight, he was tough and gave it his all. He can now brag he is the only man so far to give Jones his only defeat lol

August 9, 2011  10:26 AM ET

To do what he has done is amazing. My 12 year old is hearing impaired and Matt has been a bid inspiration.

August 9, 2011  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

To do what he has done is amazing. My 12 year old is hearing impaired and Matt has been a bid inspiration.

Good luck to you!

August 9, 2011  03:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

To do what he has done is amazing. My 12 year old is hearing impaired and Matt has been a bid inspiration.

Best of luck tou you and your child.

 
August 9, 2011  07:00 PM ET

MMA loses a great role-model.
But let's be honest. You could see he was already gone before this fight.
His td attempts were terrible and he really didn't commit to anything there.

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