UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill

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UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill

Date: May 28, 2011
Time: 10PM ET/7PM PT
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
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ong>Broadcast: Pay-per-view

This event was to be the third meeting between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard and their second meeting for the UFC Lightweight Championship. The two met earlier this year at UFC 125: Resolution with the fight ending in a split draw, and Edgar retaining his title. Their first encounter at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon saw Maynard win via unanimous decision.

It was later announced on May 9 that injuries to both forced the fight to be removed from the card. Edgar suffered broken ribs, while Maynard has suffered a knee injury. Anthony Pettis was originally contacted about replacing Edgar, but Maynard’s injury prevented the possible replacement.

The light heavyweight tilt between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill will now take the headlining spot, which is sure to lower the number of pay-per-view buys. Taking up the co-main event will be a heavyweight battle between grapplers Roy Nelson and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir.

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Rampage vs. Hamill Fight odds

Matt Hamill vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson

Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (10-2) will be replacing Thiago Silva, who was pulled from the fight after one of his samples from his UFC 125 drug screen tested positive. The Brazilian slugger has claimed that his second sample tested negative, and his drug screen is still under investigation by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The UFC has decided to play it safe and re-schedule the bout while Silva sorts out the issue with the commission.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Jackson recently rebounded from a decision loss to rival Rashad Evans by scoring a razor-thin split decision victory over fellow former champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 123 in November of last year. The win over Machida was huge for “Rampage,” as it was a major

divisional victory over the newly de-crowned former champ, after a lackluster performance against No. 1 contender Rashad Evans in May of last year.

Since knocking out Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92 in 2008, Jackson has had inconsistent performances, and has only fought three times since. Jackson has fought to a decision in his last three bouts, defeating Machida and Keith Jardine, while falling to Evans.

As for Hamill, The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 veteran recently scored the biggest win of his career by defeating his coach from that season, MMA veteran and early UFC poster boy Tito Ortiz, via unanimous decision at UFC 121 last October. The heavy-handed wrestler has gone undefeated in his last five UFC
appearances, with the only blemish being that one of those wins came via disqualification (illegal elbows) against Jon Jones in a fight that Hamill was fast on his way to losing. Nevertheless, “The Hammer” also counts wins over Keith Jardine, Mark Munoz and Reese Andy during the run.

Hamill’s career has been a tale in improvement and he’ll need his all-around game in full force if he’s to put up a fight against the heavy handed “Rampage.”

Pay-Per-View Bouts

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill

Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne

Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann

Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story

Preliminary Bouts

Miguel Torres vs. Brad Pickett

Michael McDonald vs. Chris Cariaso

Demetrious Johnson vs. Renan Barao

Gleison Tibau vs. Bart Palaszewski

Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove

Cole Escovedo vs. Renan Barao

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