Matthew Stanley Hamill (born October 5, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist and wrestler who has competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC. He is 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. Additionally, Hamill has a silver medal in Greco-Roman Wrestling and a gold medal in Freestyle Wrestling from the 2001 Summer Deaflympics. He is the only man to defeat Jon Jones.
Hamill is divorced and has a daughter from the marriage. Hamill and his longtime girlfriend Brittany Houck were engaged to be married in May 2008.Hamill is the subject of a 2010 movie entitled The Hammer about his early life and wrestling career. Originally set to star Eben Kostbar, it was criticized by the deaf community for featuring a non-deaf actor; however, Hamill himself supported the casting of Kostbar due to his wrestling experience and the fact that Kostbar is fluent in American Sign Language. However, Kostbar withdrew from starring, feeling it would be more appropriate for a member of the deaf community to take the role.Deaf actor Russell Harvard was chosen as the final choice to voice Hamill. The movie was produced by Joseph McKelheer and Eben Kostbar and was directed by Oren Kaplan.
Of Irish descent, Hamill was deaf from birth. He was introduced to wrestling by his stepfather Michael Rich, who was the head wrestling coach at Loveland High School. Hamill attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for three years transferring there after a year at Purdue University.
Movies & TV shows
UFC Fight Night 29: Maia vs. Shields
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UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort
UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort was a mixed martial arts pay-per-view event to be held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on September 22, 2012 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz
UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship on August 6, 2011 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill
UFC 130 was a mixed martial arts event held on May 28, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas Nevada.
The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
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UFC 121: Lesnar vs. Velasquez
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The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
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UFC 96: Jackson Vs. Jardine
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UFC 88: Breakthrough
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UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008
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UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon
UFC returns to Colorado and holds a long 3 hour fight night event. Features several lightweight bouts between future contenders and champions, including Gray Maynard and Frankie Edgar.
UFC 68: The Uprising
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UFC 75: Champion vs. Champion
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The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale
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UFC Fight Night 6.5: Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3
The main event was a hyped up fight between two men who were not contenders. The joke of fight was only held because their 2nd encounter was thought to have been stopped early by the ref. However, thi...
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