UFC 130: Matt Hamill blogs on what it’s like to be a deaf fighter

Summarized by Hannah F. Mann, staff writer

Matt “the Hammer” Hamill is the only deaf mixed martial arts fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, with a unbroken winning streak since September 2008. On May 28, he is scheduled to fight Quinton “The Rampage” Jackson in Las Vegas.

Hamill has recently started writing a blog on Sportsnet.ca describing his experiences as a deaf mixed martial arts fighter. According to Hamill, since he was born deaf and has grown up that way, his hearing loss presents no special challenges regarding mixed martial arts; he simply learns to adapt to his environment. In fact, Hamill contends that his hearing loss allows him the advantage of focusing fully on the fight without distraction from the crowds or coaches.

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