Hamill Hangs it Up

Source: Sherdog.com
Source: Sherdog.com

Loveland native Matt Hamill announced his retirement from MMA fighting Monday in a statement on his website.  Hamill said, "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."

Hamill, who says he's battled injuries for years, has a career record of 10-4, but has lost his last two fights.  His fight Saturday against Alexander Gustafson at UFC 133 was stopped in the second round.

Hamill said the decision to retire has been on his mind for months. "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."

Hamill, who is deaf, is the subject of a movie set to be released in the fall.

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