"I don't follow what people say in the media," said Hamill. "All I can say is I didn't follow the game plan that we put together. Duff wants me to perform at the level he knows I'm capable of. I'm glad I have a trainer that won't accept that performance and I respect him for speaking the truth. Duff didn't do anything wrong. I don't know why I didn't take him down more. That's the one thing I have been thinking about over and over. I should have taken him down more like in the first round. That was the game plan. My weapon is ground and pound. I guess people are right to say that I was too nice and I let our friendship take my killer instinct away."I have been outspoken about my belief that Hamill does not have the mental makeup of a fighter. He does not possess the killer instinct needed to be a championship contender. The Franklin fight was not the first time Hamill left fans confused. When he fought Michael Bisping at UFC 75, many thought he had won the fight. Bisping won the controversial decision and there were more than a few who disagreed with the judges. I was not one of them because in the fight Hamill again showed his lack of a killer instinct. He repeatedly had Bisping down and never inflicted any punishment. It was a wrestling match for Hamill and I believe this is why Bisping rightfully was declared the winner. You cannot be a top contender in Mixed Martial Arts unless you have a mean streak. Matt Hamill better find one or look for a new profession, because in the UFC all he will be is a gatekeeper for mid-card fighters to prove themselves against.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Matt Hamill responded to the questions about why he chose to stand against Rich Franklin for most of their fight at UFC 88.