// Tuesday 24 May 2011
The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is a sport that is moving at an incredible pace. It;s quickly gaining in popularity due to continued growth into new markets. You can now view pay-per-view contests in over 130 countries and 20 different languages worldwide.
The multi-disciplined skill involved and the level of fitness and dedication needed by the contestants is phenomenal. Many have coined them 'the ultimate athletes'.
We were really inspired to learn about he career of a deaf American fighter who will be competing in the next UFC contest.
On Saturday 28 May 2011, Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, a deaf American amateur wrestler and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter, goes up against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Matt’s been fighting in the UFC for five years now and has amassed a career record of 9-2 in the UFC and 11-2 overall in MMA. 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.
Previously Mark was a three-time NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) 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.
Back 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.
Check out his website www.matthamill.com for the latest on his fight but don't miss the inspiring video -