Sunday, March 4, 2007

Hamill Continues to Roll!

By: Brady Crytzer
Photos: Ed Mulholland

In the first light heavyweight bout of the night The Ultimate Fighter 3 star Matt "The Hammer" Hamill stopped former Division I national champion wrestler Rex Holman by TKO at 4:00 of round number one.

Though both fighters have achieved remarkable success in the world of amateur wrestling, each man seemed content to stand up and box for most of the fight. Holman, a former national champion from Ohio State University, snapped out a number of low kicks to get things started. As Hamill charged in with hard shots, Holman landed several overhand rights from his back foot in retaliation.

Though it was a bit sloppy, fans ate it up as they cheered and jeered for more. Hamill then took Holman to the mat with a takedown that at first appeared to be a suplex until it was partially blocked. Getting back to his feet quickly Holman slipped a haymaker right and shot for a takedown. Showing world class wrestling skill Hamill sprawled beautifully.

In the clinch Hamill began to show his versatility with effective dirty boxing that left Holman dazed. Driving his visibly shaken opponent to the floor "The Hammer" began dropping hard right hands forcing his opponent to his belly where he finished his man at 4:00.

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