Nickname The Hammer
Height 6 ft 1in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb. (93 kg)
Born October 5, 1976
Fighting out of Utica, New York
Town of birth Loveland, Ohio
Team/Association Team Punishment
Fighting style Greco-Roman Wrestling, Freestyle Wrestling
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 3
No contests 0
Matthew S. "The Hammer" Hamill (born on October 5, 1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio,United States) is a deaf American wrestler and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a three-time NCAA Division III National Champion in wrestling (167 lb. class in 1997, 190 lb. class in 1998, and 197 lb. class in 1999) while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York. Matt also has a silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling and a gold medal in freestyle wrestling from the 2001 Summer Deaflympics.
Hamill was a contestant on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality television show, training under Tito Ortiz in the 205 lb (93 kg) weight class. He won a preliminary fight against Mike Nickels via decision, but was unable to continue into the semi-finals due to injuries. On June 24, 2006, Hamill fought fellow Jesse Forbes contestant at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale on Spike TV and won via TKO.
Hamill then defeated The Ultimate Fighter 2's Seth Petruzelli via unanimous decision at Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter on October 10, 2006. Judges scored the bout 29-28, 30-27, and 29-28 for Hamill.
Hamill then fought Rex Holman at UFC 68: The Uprising where he won by TKO in the first round.
Hamill fought Michael Bisping at UFC 75 in London, England on September 8th, 2007, where he lost by a highly controversial split decision, which was slated to be followed by a rematch. The rematch was scheduled for UFC 78, but due to knee surgery Hamill withdrew. A rematch has become unlikely now that Bisping has dropped down to the middleweight division after his fight with Evans.
He also expressed interest in training for the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Hamill next fought Tim Boetsch on April 2nd, whom he defeated in the second round by TKO, bringing his record to 4 wins and 1 loss. During the fight, Matt suffered a badly split bottom lip due to a knee strike.
Matt Hamill is scheduled to appear at the Brand's Brothers Iowa Wrestling Camp at Binghamton University (SUNY) 7-16-08. Matt is currently set to fight former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin (whom is moving up to the light-heavyweight division) as the co-main event to UFC 88.