Matt Hamill vs. Thiago Silva in light heavyweight opening round
In co-main event action, the WSOF multi-event, four-man light heavyweight (205 pounds) tournament will kick off with a rematch between superstar Thiago Silva (16-3) of Sao Paulo, Brazil and inspirational fighter Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (11-5) from Loveland, Ohio.
The complete 12-bout lineup for the World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. on Saturday, March 28.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill is a deaf American amateur wrestler and MMA fighter. He was a three-time NCAA Wrestling Division III National Champion (167 lb. class in 1997, 190 lb. class in 1998, and 197 lb. class in 1999) while attending the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.
In November 2007, Matt was inducted into the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame. Matt also participated in the Deaflympics in 1997 (Denmark) where he won both golds in greco-roman style and freestyle. Then in 2001 at Rome, Italy, Matt earned a silver in greco-roman style along with a gold medal in freestyle.
Matt was a contestant on the third season of The Ultimate Fighter reality television show in the 205 lb (93 kg) weight class which was a launching pad for his career in the UFC.
Matt fought in the UFC for seven years and has amassed a career record of 10-5 in the UFC and 12-5 overall in MMA.
On August 8th, 2011 – Matt Hamill announced his retirement from the UFC.
13 months later, Matt came out of retirement and fought at UFC 152 in Toronto, Canada and won via unanimous decision.
Read about Hammer, the movie based on the life of Matt Hamill including growing up in Loveland.