Deaf UFC fighter to speak at MacMurray College

February 10, 2017 | 9:50 AM

Deaf amateur wrestler and mixed martial artist Matt “The Hammer” Hamill will speak at MacMurray College on Thursday, February 16, at 7 p.m. in Annie Merner Chapel.

Hamill, the first-ever deaf UFC fighter, will talk about how he climbed to the top – beating the odds. The event is free and open to the public, and an Interpreter will be provided.

Born in Loveland, Ohio, Hamill has been deaf since birth but he never let that hold him back.  He won three NCAA Division III National Championships at Rochester Institute of Technology and won the gold and silver medals for wrestling in the 1997 Deaflympics. Hamill competed in the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC and was also on Spike TV’s “Ultimate Fighter 3.”

As an advocate for deaf and hard-of-hearing groups, Hamill was the subject of the 2010 movie “The Hammer,” about his early life and wrestling career.

For more information about Hamill’s presentation, contact Pamela Harrison, director of disability services, at 217-479-7176 or at 

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