Longtime UFC light heavyweight staple Matt Hamill lost his second consecutive fight over the weekend at UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2, succumbing to a second round TKO delivered by young prospect Alexander Gustafsson.
Taking the fight on short notice, Hamill was almost completely unable to mount offense against Gustafsson, looking just a step too slow throughout the fight. Gustafsson tagged him with a few hard punches that put him down and he followed up with a barrage of strikes on the ground that forced a halt to the bout.
UFC president Dana White talked about Hamill’s defeat at the UFC post-fight presser and what it could mean for his future.
“Well, you’ve got to give him the credit that he just fought Rampage,” White said. “He didn’t do horrible in the Rampage fight considering he was fighting -– I still think Rampage is one of the best light heavyweights in the world. Tonight was a big tell. He got beat up tonight. He looked outmatched tonight. I don’t know. We’ll see. It’s hard for me to sit here tonight and decide what’s going to happen to certain guys. … You’ve got to take the weekend. We go back to the office, we talk, we go back and forth. It’s not one guy’s decision. It’s me Joe (Silva) and Lorenzo (Fertitta) that sit down and walk through this stuff.”
As of today, White and company’s jobs have just become a little easier. Matt Hamill posted on his personal website that, even though his last two losses (to Gustafsson and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) came against world class competition, he has decided to retire from the sport of MMA.
“Today is a sad day for me,” wrote The Hammer. “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.”
Hamill wrote that he has been battling injuries throughout his career and that they have finally become too much for the 34-year-old. He expressed thanks to Dana White and the Fertitta brothers for giving him the opportunity to fight on the world’s biggest stage and open the doors to many other opportunities in his life. He also thanked his coaches and training partners for sticking with him and carrying him as far as he’s gone.
With only one pro-fight to his credit, Hamill joined the cast of The Ultimate Fighter 3 under coach Tito Ortiz. Basically working only from his wrestling pedigree, Hamill became an early favorite to win the competition until he was forced out with an injury. He entered into the UFC anyway and has gone 9-4 in the promotion since, with notable wins over Mark Muñoz, Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz.
A gold medal winner in the 2001 Summer Deaflympics, Hamill retires with a record of 10-4 and only shortly before Hamill, a movie about his life story, hits the silver screen.