After taking a year off, Matt Hamill’s return to the cage did not go as planned.
The Loveland, Ohio native lost by unanimous-decision to Thiago Silva at UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil. The light heavyweight fight aired live on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday night and was part of the main card.
The three-time NCAA Division III wrestling champion shied away from using his wrestling and allowed Silva to kick his way to a decision win. The three judges scored the fight 30-27, 30-27 and 29-27.
Hamill had a significant wrestling advantage coming into the fight but preferred to stand and trade with the Brazilian. When Hamill tried to use his wrestling, he was only able to land three takedowns and allowed Silva to get right back up.
While on the feet, Silva continuously attacked Hamill’s lead leg with a barrage of kicks that began to take their toll as the fight went on. Silva ended up landing 26 more significant strikes in the fight and wobbled Hamill with a one-two combination in the second round.
With the win, Silva improves his record to 16-3-2 and now has back-to-back wins for the first time in five years. Silva weighed in three pounds over the 205 limit for the fight and had to forfeit 20 percent of his purse to Hamill.
With the loss, Hamill drops to 11-5 and may consider retiring again after stepping away from the sport in 2011. “The Hammer” is only 1-3 in his last four fights.