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article imageUFC 130 Recap: Hamill no match for Rampage

By Ustad Khaira     May 29, 2011 in Sports
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson out-punched Matt Hamill on his way to a unanimous decision victory in the main event of UFC 130, earning himself a potential title fight against Jon Jones this year.
The fight was a big test for Hamill, as he was challenging one of the best Light Heavyweight’s in the sport, and the gulf in class showed as he was beat in all three rounds by Rampage. Hamill was unable to use his wrestling to get the fight on the ground, as Rampage anticipated every takedown attempt, and so he was forced to deal with Jackson’s superior striking game.
Rampage hit Hamill with a series of hard combinations over the three rounds, but seemed to tire as the fight went on and was unable to finish Hamill off, with all three judges scoring it 30-27 in favour of the former champion.
Jackson said in his post fight interview that he came into the fight with a fractured hand, and in the post-fight press conference UFC President Dana White revealed that depending on how serious the hand injury is, Rampage would be the next contender for Jon Jones’ Light Heavyweight Championship.
In the co-main event, Frank Mir dominated Roy Nelson in all three rounds with a superior ground game and striking. Nelson was hit hard throughout the fight with the knees, elbows and fists of Mir, but showed his ability to take damage by surviving until the final bell.
Mir took Nelson down several times during the fight, including a big judo throw in the first round. Nelson was exhausted heading into the third round and had nothing to counter the all around superior skill-set of Mir. The fight was scored 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26 all in favour of Mir.
With the win Frank Mir pushes himself closer to the top of the heavyweight division, but will likely have to put a couple more wins together before getting the title shot he feels he deserves.
Travis Browne kept his undefeated record intact, delivering a perfect superman punch to knockout the 6-foot-11 Stefan Struve with 49 seconds remaining in the first round. The fight was contested on the feet, where the harder hitting Browne showed his power, winning the knockout of the night bonus.
Earlier in the night Rick Story pulled off the upset, beating highly ranked welterweight Thiago Alves by a unanimous judge’s decision. Story managed to pin Alves against the cage multiple times in the first two rounds, delivering knees to the thighs of Alves and throwing multiple body punches to wear him down. Alves responded in the third round by circling off the cage and out striking the 26-year-old but Story survived the late onslaught, winning 29-28 on all scorecards.
In the opening bout of the main card, Brian Stann proved once again that he is one of the hardest hitting fighters in the middleweight division, knocking out Jorge Santiago late in the second round. The fight was Santiago’s first in the UFC since December 2006, and he was hit hard by a left hook in the first round, surviving the ground and pound of Stann before referee Herb Dean stopped the fight with 31 seconds remaining in the second. Both Stann and Santiago were awarded the fight of the night bonus at the end of the event.
Stann likely moves into the middleweight top 10 rankings, and with the state of the division (Chael Sonnen suspended, Michael Bisping and Jason Miller coaching the next season of Ultimate Fighter), he may find himself with a shot at the title with another win or two.
Preliminary Results
Renan Barao defeats Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Michael McDonald defeats Chris Caraso via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Gleison Tibau defeats Rafaello Oliveira via submission (rear naked choke), 3:28 of Round 2
Tim Boetsch defeats Kendall Grove via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Demetrious Johnson defeats Miguel Torres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bonuses
Submission of the Night- Gleison Tibau
Knockout of the Night- Travis Browne
Fight of the Night- Brian Stann vs Jorge Santiago
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