Monday, September 18, 2017

UFC heavyweight Anthony Hamilton has retired from mixed martial arts at the age of 37. The news came via his social network, following a loss at UFC Fight Night 116 on Saturday.

Hamilton grew up playing football and wrestling, both heavy contact sports. He went on to earn NJCAA All-American honors in wrestling. ‘Freight Train’ began competing in mixed martial arts at the amateur level in 2009, going 4-0 before turning pro in 2010.

Hamilton won six in a row as a pro, then dropped two, only to come back even stronger, winning six in a row again, winning and defending the CS and MFC heavyweight titles in the process. Then he was signed with the UFC.

Part of the monster stable at Jackson-Wink MMA, three times Hamilton alternated losses and wins, beating Ruan Potts, Daniel Omielanczuk, and Damian Grabowski. Then he ran into the next big thing – Francis Ngannou. He lost the next one via KO to Marcel Fortuna. And Saturday night he lost via early TKO to Daniel Spitz.

Now the ‘Freight Train’ has retired, with an excellent 15-8 record, fighting the best in the world. At 37 after a lifetime of contact sports, his decision is a wise one. The UnderGround wishes him great luck and best wishes in his future endeavors.

image courtesy of Facebook.