The Ultimate Fighter season 3 alum Matt “The Hammer” Hamill improved his MMA record to 10-2 over the weekend by defeating his coach from that season, MMA veteran and early UFC poster boy Tito Ortiz, via unanimous decision. With the win, Hamill may have put the final nail in Ortiz’s coffin and he looks to have also secured himself a top-10 opponent; something he said was foremost on his mind heading into his UFC 121 fight with Ortiz. UFC President Dana White was quoted as saying as much in the Dayton Daily News today. Props to MMAJunkie.com for the find.
“I think we’ve got to get Matt a fight in the top 10 in the 205-pound division, which is obviously the meanest and nastiest division, as always,” White said. “I’m sure his next fight will be a top-10 opponent.”
The deaf wrestler has gone undefeated in his last five UFC appearances, with the only blemish being that one of those wins came via disqualification (illegal elbows) against Jon Jones in a fight that Hamill was fast on his way to losing. Regardless, White believes he showed enough in his wins over Ortiz, Keith Jardine, Mark Munoz and Reese Andy to warrant a step up in competition for the affable fighter.
“Matt is one of those guys where everyone roots for him,” White said earlier this year. “It’s not just because he’s deaf. He’s a likable guy. He puts it all on the line. He comes to fight, and people appreciate that.”
UFC 121 went down Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.