Former longtime UFC veteran and TUF 3 alumnus Matt Hamill has decided to officially hang his gloves up for good. Today, Hamill announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts on his Facebook.
Below is Hamill’s statement from earlier today:
First and foremost, I would like to thank my most loyal fans for standing by me throughout my 10 year career with MMA… All good things must come to an end and I am saddened that the time has come for me to hang up my gloves permanently due to a nagging injury that has never healed and has worsened with time. The memories have been good….
This is the second time that Hamill has retired from the sport. In 2011, Hamill retired from competition after he was TKO’ed by then rising prospect Alexander Gustafsson. Hamill returned a year later to win a lackluster decision over Roger Hollett at UFC 152.
Hamill was cut by the UFC after going 1-3 in his last four bouts. He was then signed by the World Series of Fighting, and was set to make his debut this weekend in Daytona, Florida at WSOF 11. Unfortunately for Hamill, he suffered a knee injury during training, which ultimately forced him to retire from the sport altogether.
Hamill’s career highlights include a sensational head kick knockout victory over Mark Munoz, as well as wins over Tito Ortiz, Keith Jardine, and Tim Boetsch.
Here is to wishing Hamill a happy and fulfilling retirement. Thank you for providing entertainment to droves of MMA fans.