Former UFC light heavyweight Matt Hamill retires from MMA (again)

Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

"The Hammer" is headed back to the toolbox ... this time for good.

Matt Hamill's retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) ... take two.

The longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran, who cut his teeth on season three of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and gave Michael Bisping his first big rivalry, is calling it quits after a nagging injury has prevented him from getting back inside the cage.

From his official Facebook page:

"First and foremost, I would like to thank my most loyal fans for standing by me throughout my 10 year career with MMA... All good things must come to an end and I am saddened that the time has come for me to hang up my gloves permanently due to a nagging injury that has never healed and has worsened with time. The memories have been good...."

That may depend on which memories he's referring to.

Hamill retired once before, back in 2011, after getting smoked by Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 133. He returned to the Octagon nearly a year later and won an ugly decision over Roger Hollett, before getting mugged and slugged by Thiago Silva in Brazil.

He eventually parted ways with UFC and signed with World Series of Fighting (WSOF), but a knee injury kept him from ever setting foot inside the cage.

For good.

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