Matt “The Hammer” Hamill arguably has the most to gain from any fighter on Saturday night’s UFC 130 fight card.
The 34-year-old Deaflympics gold medalist will be facing top contender and former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this weekend, in a fight which UFC president Dana White has said has serious title implications.
Despite being a serious underdog on the books, Hamill believes he has what it takes to score the upset and take Rampage’s spot near the top of the division. The Ohio native spoke with Yahoo! Sports about his expectations for the fight and where he believes a win will place him in the light heavyweight division.
“I expect to win and I expect to win impressively,” Hamill said. “We know what a great fighter Rampage is, but we also know that he is quite one-dimensional. He looks for the big punch all the time. We feel we have prepared the perfect game plan to beat Rampage, and it is now my job to go out there and execute that game plan.”
While Hamill doesn’t appear on too many light heavyweight top ten rankings lists, he believes that a victory over the former Pride FC star vaults him to a position on that list and could possibly open the door to his first title shot.
“I think a win over ‘Rampage’ Jackson is huge for me,” said Hamill. “He’s beaten the best in the world and is a great fighter. He’s knocked out Chuck Liddell and Wanderlei Silva, and he’s just beaten Lyoto Machida. He’s a top contender. If I beat him, I am a top contender. This could be my last fight before I get a title shot.”
Hamill will get the chance to prove himself when he takes on Jackson this Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com for out live, ongoing coverage of the event.