UFC 152 Results: Matt Hamill Should Retire for Good Post-Win

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UFC 152 Results: Matt Hamill Should Retire for Good Post-Win
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At UFC 152 in Toronto, Matt Hamill rode regular spurts of ground and pound—and opponent Roger Hollett—to a unanimous decision victory in his return to the Octagon. 

It was Hamill's first fight since retiring from MMA following a loss in August 2011. And while he controlled his opponent and won easily, the fight lacked significant action and did not take place at a high skill level. 

That is why Matt Hamill should retire again.

With this fight, Hamill is able to go out a winner. If he chooses to fight again, and presumably receives a step up in competition, that outcome may not repeat itself.

Hamill had an easy opponent in Hollett, who Hamill was able to take down with ease. Hollett covered up each time, choosing to simply accept the punishment.

 Beginning early in the second round, both men appeared exhausted. At one point in the second, Hollett spun for a backfist but failed to extend his arm. That, in a way, sums up the entire fight. 

Hamill will always be a role model for the hearing impaired community and anyone else who overcomes long odds to fulfill a dream. But that's exactly why a return that lasts beyond this fight would not serve him well.

Now that he is 35, he does not appear to have the same athleticism and endurance that he once did. Even against an over-matched opponent like Hollett, Hamill could not finish or consistently assert himself.

Never the most scintillating fighter, Hamill appeared particularly sluggish and ham-fisted tonight.

"The Hammer" cemented his legacy by winning 10 pro fights and nine fights in the UFC. Injuries took their toll, and he was shown to be relatively uncompetitive against Quinton Jackson and up-and-comer Alexander Gustafsson.

The younger Hamill is how fans want to remember him.

Are there more fights available for Hamill? Of course there are. Brandon Vera or even Thiago Silva come to mind.

They could also continue to feed him tomato cans. Either way, it's clear Hamill, for whatever he may or may not have been before, is nowhere near contender status, and it is very hard to see how that would ever change.

If he continues to have a place in the UFC—especially on pay-per-view cards—it will be as a result of his personal storyline, not his actual abilities as a fighter. That in itself diminishes everything Hamill built as a younger and more able-bodied combatant. Does he really want to be a charity case?

Hamill should be mindful of that, and, in deference to the fighter he used to be, gracefully step away from the cage and retire—for good this time—as a winner.


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