Matt Hamill to fight in first post-retirement bout

TORONTO (WKTV) - UFC fighter Matt "The Hammer" Hamill will officially come out of retirement and return to the MMA cage Saturday night. He will take part Saturday night in UFC 152 in Canada.

Hamill's professional career so far is having fought four men who have worn the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship belt. He twice won in the bout that named the UFC Fight of the Night and his knock out of Mark Munoz at UFC 96 was the UFC Knockout of the Night.

His fight card includes victories over Keith Jardine, Tito Ortiz and he remains the only man to have a victory over UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones, although that win was by disqualification – a victory that even Matt discounts.

Two of his four losses were to past champions, Rich Franklin and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. His split decision loss to Michael Bisping, at UFC 75 in London, sparked one of the greatest fan backlashes in UFC history.

Born deaf in Loveland, Ohio, Matt did not let his hearing deficit to hold him back. Matt won three consecutive NCAA Div III National Wrestling Championships while in college at RIT in Rochester.

Hamill is part owner, with his long time trainer and business partner Duff Holmes, of the MVMMA gym in Utica and The Cage sports bar. Both business are in the same building, on Main Street next to Union Station. The Hollywood motion picture, HAMILL, is a feature film on the story of Hamill’s life.

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