Kamis, 13 September 2012
Only Deaf Fighter To Compete Under The UFC Banner
TORONTO - (SPORTSNET UFC) - Another hill for Hamill to climb at UFC 152. Matt (The Hammer) Hamill makes his return to the Octagon at UFC 152 against Canadian Roger Hollett. It is Hamill's return to the UFC after a year-long retirement, and is just one more challenge for the 35-year-old who was spent his entire existence on this planet defying the odds.
Hamill broke through to the public consciousness during season three of The Ultimate Fighter, the season that featured Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock as coaches and was eventually won by Michael Bisping. Viewers were enthralled with Hamill's story, being the only Deaf fighter to compete under the UFC banner.
Hamill was a freestyle wrestler who won gold and silver medals at the Deaflympics, and had only started training in MMA a mere six months before being cast for the show. Viewers not only loved his “Rudy”-like inspirational story, but also enjoyed his interactions with his coach Ortiz, who admitted Hamill “reminds me a bit of me.”
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As seen on articles:
UFC Videos: Matt Hamill Biography
UFC 130 - Matt Hamill Profile - Mentally Tough
Deaf UFC Fighter - "The Hammer" - Official Teaser