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Fedor Emelianenko could learn something from Matt Hamill

A lot of fighters could learn a lesson from Matt Hamill. No, not how to take a beating. I’m pretty sure that’s not something that can be taught. Following his second-round TKO loss to Alexander Gustaffson on Saturday’s UFC 133 undercard, Hamill announced he was hanging up the gloves. His body just couldn’t take the punishment after 14 pro MMA bouts, and I’m sure the realization that he was never going to get a title shot, that his toolbox is limited and that getting punched just isn’t a fun way to earn a living also played a part in his decision.

If only Fedor Emelianenko would bow out as gracefully instead of clinging to the cage after his most-recent loss and subsequent dismissal from Strikeforce. He’s accomplished far more than Hamill, fought in more than twice as many battles and taken an immeasurable amount of damage. He’s also earned worldwide acclaim (within MMA circles) and banked enough cash to buy half of Russia. Isn’t it time he step away, with a little class, and not embarrass himself further?


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