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Matt Hamill: Second retirement was more about 'bad management,' not recent MMA losses

Can the former UFC mainstay make a splash in World Series of Fighting (WSOF) tonight?

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"It wasn't my relationship with MMA. It was my relationship with my business partners and my management and with their contracts. The issues lied there. It didn't make a good fit for me, and there was a lot of on-again, off-again with that. There were things that I couldn't do. I was stuck within my contract, I was stuck within this bad management. Nobody was really doing a good job, so it was time for me to step out."

"I want to prove that I wasn't done. I know that a lot of people think that I was because of my retirement, so now it's just time to come back. My heart is still there, I've still got the fire. I want to get back and fight again, so I'm just going to follow what my body is telling me."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Matt Hamill has not won a fight in convincing or impressive fashion in nearly five years, and after two separate retirement stints, "The Hammer" is going to give his mixed martial arts (MMA) comeback one more try this Saturday night (March 28, 2015) in the co-main event of World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 19 live on NBC Sports from the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Speaking with MMA Fighting, Hamill admitted that his second retirement -- which came after his tremendously bad loss to Thiago Silva way back in October of 2013 -- was more about "bad management" than his desire to leave the sport after several bad outings. The deaf light heavyweight is out to prove that he has something left in the gas tank, and what better way to do so than by beating the man who forced him into retirement in his last Octagon appearance?

For full WSOF 19 results for tonight's event, including live play-by-play, click here.

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