For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship heads back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96, live from the Nationwide Arena on March 7th.
Some may remember the first time the UFC kicked its way into town in 2007 when Randy Couture defeated Tim Sylvia and won the heavyweight crown for a third time. Not only did Couture reign supreme, the 19,000 fans who saw the event live set a record for the highest North American attendance figure for a mixed martial arts event.
Now, it’s time to beat that original record as Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson looks to move one step closer to regaining his title by taking Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine, the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin.
“Keith Jardine is the Dean of Mean, but I’m new on the scene,” Jackson said in a UFC statement. “I’m the new Rampage, and I’m on a quest to get my belt back.”
C Magazine was able to pull aside Cincinnati native and UFC fighter, Matt Hamill, for a few quick questions about life in the UFC.
C Magazine: What’s been the biggest challenge being hearing impaired in the wrestling and UFC world?
Matt Hamill: Not being able to hear my coaches yelling instructions to me.
Does “The Hammer” have a signature move in the cage?
Not yet, but I'm working on it!
Give us a quick rundown of your daily routine.
Wake up, eat, drop my daughter off at school, train, eat again, train again, eat again, pick my daughter up from school, hang out with her and go to her after school activities, eat again, train again, eat again, sleep.
What’s next in your career?
I just go with the flow and let the UFC put me where they want me.
We heard they're making a film about you. How’s that going?
It's going well, I think they are almost done casting and plan to shoot in the fall.
When you visit Ohio, what’s one place you have to hit up while you’re here?
Tickets available at Ticketmaster locations and by telephone at 800-929-1111 or (614) 431-3600. UFC 96 is also on PPV.