Matt Hamill looks to keep his second tenure in the UFC alive when “The Hammer” faces the dangerous Thiago Silva at UFC Fight Night 29 in Brazil.
Hamill returned from a self-imposed retirement at UFC 152 and secured a decision victory against Roger Hollett. Hamill, whose remarkable story has been well documented as the only deaf fighter to ever compete in the UFC, has gone up against the best in his career, including the likes of Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Rich Franklin, Tito Ortiz and Mark Munoz.
His head kick destruction of “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” remains a career highlight. He’s 10-4 in his Octagon career, and definitely gets a huge step up in competition going from the released Hollett to a brutal puncher in Silva.
Silva has also been in against top-flight competition and has gone 6-3-2 in his UFC career. However, he has been involved in his fair share of controversy. Silva submitted a falsified urine sample after a decision win over Brandon Vera at UFC 125. That fight was changed to a no-contest. Then he suffered another no-contest against Stanislav Nedkov when a Submission of the Night victory was overturned after a positive marijuana test.
Silva has managed to stay in the organization despite a pair of suspensions thanks in large part to his vicious fighting style. He’s coming off a Knockout and Fight of the Night performance in a first-round destruction of Rafael Calvacante. He has recorded 12 knockout victories in his 15 career wins.
With Silva possessing a clear power advantage and crisper striking skills, Hamill will need to rely on his standout wrestling background if he wants to keep his feel-good story alive. Hamill will need to smother Silva’s powerful attack through either clinch work or ground-and-pound on the mat. Silva will look to do what he always does and that’s try to get his opponent out of there in brutal fashion.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports