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“UFC 130: Rampage Vs. Hamill” Results

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Renan Barao vs. Cole Escovedo

UFC 130 kicks off in the bantamweight division.

Round 1: Barao lands a takedown early, then starts in with the ground and pound. After a good amount of time spent on the ground, Barao backs out and the two go to work on their feet. A nice body shot-right kick combo lands for Barao. Barao goes for the clinch and then Escovedo pulls guard. Barao slams him to the mat, where he works body shots from the top. Referee Steve Mazagatti gets the two back to their feet with just over a minute to go. The two go to work on their feet, but Barao gets Escovedo back to the mat with emphasis in short order. He goes to work with elbows and avoids the triangle attempt by Escovedo. scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Round 2: Barao lands first with a good left hand and Escovedo answers with a punch that has Barao on weak legs. Escovedo lands a nice knee and pours on some follow up offense that looks to briefly have Barao in trouble, but the Brazilian fires back with two solid body kicks. Escovedo returns. Barao gets the takedown off of the cage, but can’t do much with it and Mazzagatti stands them up. Escovedo goes for the choke and Barao defends until the bell. scores the round 10-10

Round 3: Barao with a flying knee early, the pair hit the mat shortly afterwith Barao on top, but he can’t make much happen from the position. Escovedo kicks him off and they hit their feet again. Escovedo going to work with some kicks, but Barao shuts him down with a nice elbow to the face. Barao with a good front kick. Escovedo tries with a pair of kicks that are partially blocked. Barao tries a switch kick in mid-air that is denied. Escovedo landing frequently with leg kicks. Barao with a spinning back kick, followed by a jumping knee. Barao looks to have slowed Escovedo with a nice one-two, the right straight landing espcially hard. He follows that up with a sick takedown. Escovedo establishes butterfly guard and they fight for position against the cage. Barao backs out of Escovedo’s guard and fires off another good front kick from their feet. Barao going to work with spinning back kicks, and he completes another takedown near the end of the round. One more at the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Barao

Renan Barao defeated Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Michael McDonald vs. Chris Cariaso

Round 1: Both men take their time to engage. McDonald clips Cariaso with a good shot while he goes for a kick and he briefly stumbles. He threatens immediately with a takedown and they end up clinched against the fence. Cariaso with a good leg kick and backs out before McDonald can place his counter. Cariaso with another good leg kick. McDonald with one of his own. McDonald lands a good left hook and Cariaso goes for the head kick. Cariaso landing some nice shots while McDonald looks to find his range. They clinch and McDonald looks briefly for the guillotine. Cariaso with a really solid pair of kicks, though he ends up on his back with McDonald on top of him for his efforts. They get back to their feet. Cariaso switching back and forth from Southpaw. Cariaso with a good punch combo. He ducks a head kick. McDonald dumps Cariaso to the mat after he throws a head kick that misses. scores the round 10-10

Round 2: The two start off trading kicks. McDonald looking to load up on his right hand. Cariaso tries with a body kick that is blocked. McDonald counters with a right off of another slightly telegraphed body kick from Cariaso. Another body kick from Cariaso and he slips to the mat. He gets back to his feet quickly, but slips again when McDonald pushes forward with punches. Cariaso lands low and they halt the action. McDonald takes his tame and comes back with a missed head kick. Cariaso lands a good body kick. They hit the fence but separate shortly thereafter. McDonald hits a takedown easily, but Cariaso gets to his feet before the bell. scores the round 10-9 for McDonald

Round 3: Cariaso tries a head kick that misses. Cariaso goes to the body with a hard kick. McDonald with a lead right-left hand combo that lands nicely. Cariaso gets a takedown and lands in McDonald’s guard. McDonald isolating Cariaso’s right arm. Cariaso continues to give him his right arm, but McDonald can’t capitalize much. McDonald throws up the triangle, but Cariaso backs out and they get back to the stand up. McDonald gets the takedown off of a right hand and Cariaso immediately goes for the omoplata. McDonald fights it off and they get back to their feet. The stand up exchanges are mostly even, with both men having a hard time finding their mark. Ten seconds to go and no clear edge to either man. It stays that way until the bell. scores the round 10-10

Michael McDonald defeated Chris Cariaso via split decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Gleison Tibau vs. Rafaello Oliveira

Kim Winslow is the referee for this contest at 155lbs.

Round 1: Oliveira lands first with an inside leg kick. A nice right connects for Oliveira. Tibau sends a straight right home home. Tibau hits a takedown and the ground battle ensues. Oliveira very active off of his back and threatens with the sweep immediately, forcing the fight back to the feet. A body kick connects for Tractor. An overhand left with heat on it grazes Oliveira’s chin. Tibau gets the takedown off of a left hand and Oliveira looks to get his hips out form under him. Oliveira gets to his feet, but Tibau makes him pay with a left hand. Tibau lands a good right counter off of a left hand by Oliveira. scores the round 10-9 for Tibau

Round 2: They touch gloves to start the second. Tibau with a good straight left. Oliveira drops for the takedown, but can’t complete it. Oliveira lands a good counter left hand. Oliveira lands a body kick. Tibau goes for the takedown again and bulls Oliveira to the mat. Tibau goes for the arm triangle briefly, but Oliveira fights it off and fights back to his feet as well. Oliveira drops for the single against the cage but can’t quite turn the corner. Tibau breaks and knocks Oliveria to the mat with a crisp left uppercut. Some follow up ground and pound ensues and Tibau eventually takes Oliveira’s back, unloading with punches. He goes for the rear naked after riding Oliveria’s back for a bit and forces the tap quickly.

Gleison Tibau defeated Rafaello Oliveira at 3:28 of round 2

Tibau says he’s coming for the title.

Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove

Steve Mazzagatti will oversee this bout.

Round 1: Boetsch goes for the takedown early, Grove defends well early at first, but it isn’t long before Boetsch just powers Grove to the mat. Grove kicks him off and they get back to their feet. Boetsch ducks in behind a left hook and gets the clinch, then the takedown in short order. Grove fights for, and gets, guard. Grove rolls for an armbar, but Boetsch throws him off. Boetsch lets Grove to his feet, but goes in the clinch almost immediately. They fight for position on the cage and Grove reverses, threatening with the takedown himself. They continue to battle for position, and separate just at the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch

Round 2: Grove with a glancing leg kick to start the round. After a few mostly inconsequential striking exchanges, Boetsch goes in for the clinch. Grove turns him into the fence and looks for the plum, working short body shots and knees. Boetsch slams Grove to the mat with ease from off of the fence, landing in half guard. He lands a pair of hard, short elbows. Boetsch passes to side control. Grove gets to his feet but Boetsch puts him on his back again right away. Grove starting to swell around the right eye. Grove trying to roll out from under Boetsch and he does, but the Barbarian stays on him as he eventually gets to his feet. Boetsch drops for the takedown and gets it to the mat easily; his strength clearly an asset in his middleweight debut. Grove tries to land a head kick before the bell, but it misses. scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch

Round 3: Boetsch goes for the takedown early and he drags Grove to the mat. Da Spyder gets back to his feet quickly, but Boetsch stays on him. He reverses, but Boetsch hits a gorgeous trip that puts Grove on his back against the cage. Grove turtles and Boetsch starts in with knees to the body. Grove finally gets upright, but Boetsch hammers him with a knee to the body. Boetsch shoots in again and Grove stuffs it. They’re on their feet, but Grove looks wilted. Boetsch takes him down and Grove goes for the triangle, but Boetsch avoids. Grove shoots for a takedown, Boetsch shucks it off easily. Boetsch gets a takedown against the fence and, with just under two minutes to go, it looks like the Barbarian has made a statement at 185lbs. Grove doing his best to establish offense from his back, but Boetsch just out-powers him. Grove gets to his feet and gets a takedown, but Boetsch isn’t having it for long and backs the Hawaiian up by threatening with a front choke. Ten seconds to go and Grove is turtled against the fence. scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch

Tim Boetsch defeated Kendall Grove via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Boetsch says he’s been thinking about dropping to middleweight for some time and that his loss to Phil Davis just sealed the deal; he’s looking to make a run at 185.

Miguel Torres vs. Demetrius Johnson

Round 1: They touch gloves to start things out. Johnson fires off two quick kicks. Torres ties him up and tries to take him down, but Johnson gets up quick. Johnson gets a takedown of his own, but Torres sweeps him in short order. He threatens with the arm triangle from half guard. Constantly threatening to pass or take mount, Torres lands in side control, then mount. Torres looking for a choke off of the top, while Johnson throws a few elbows from his back. Torres gets side control again, but Johnson reverses and puts Torres on his back. Torres throws a leg lock and the two fight for varying leg submissions. They scramble and Johnson takes Torres’ back briefly, but Torres regains guard. Torres threatening with submissions from his back, keeping Johnson from getting off much offense. He goes for a choke toward the bell, but Johnson defends. scores the round 10-9 for Torres

Round 2: Johnson with a rapid punch combo that lands, but doesn’t do much damage. He gets a takedown behind a similar follow up oombination though. Torres using his marked size advantage well though and sweeps Johnson after looking for a triangle. On their feet they clinch and Johnson gets another takedown. Torres firing off elbows from his back and sweeps from butterfly guard yet again. Johnson puts him on his back again though, where Torres throws up a reverse triangle. It looks threatening at first, but Johnson fights out. Torres goes back to work with elbows. Torres looking for a kimura, but Johnson fights free. Torres very active off of his back, keeping Johnson from doing much but ride top position. A minute to go and Torres is still having trouble getting Johnson off of his back. Johnson hops out of Torres’ guard and they both threaten with leg locks. Johnson ends up in Torres’ side control after a scramble. Very close, active round. Johnson may have stolen the round at the end. scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Round 3: Johnson gets the takedown early. Torres begins attacking immediately, looking to isolate an arm. Torres ties Johnson up with his legs, but Johnson fights out of it and ends up in guard. They scramble and Jonhson ends up on Torres’ back briefly. With Johnson on top, Torres sweeps into mount position. They stall there for a bit, but Johnson ends up fighting his way out of the bad position and back to guard. Torres stays on him and looks for the guillotine, but Johnson avoids. Johnson gets to his feet and fires off a volley of strikes on Torres, landing a takedown before the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Johnson

Demetrious Johnson defeated Miguel Torres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago

Round 1: They take to the center of the cage immediately, with Stann landing a few nice leg kicks. They engage in several punching exchanges, which are mostly even but in which Stann gets off last. Santiago slips after throwing a punch. Stann countering well in the striking exchanges. Stann knocks Santiago off balance with a leg kick. Santiago whiffing on a straight right and paying for it on the counter from Stann. Stann knocks Santiago to the mat with a left hook and batters the Brazilian against the fence. Under a minute and a half to go and Stann is pressing Santiago into the cage and firing off some heavy shots. Santiago is hanging on, but Stann is unrelenting with his pressure. Stann lets Santiago to his feet with ten seconds to go. scores the round 10-9 for Stann

Round 2: Stann gets to the punch first, but Santiago is looking aggressive. Stann knocks him off balance with a leg kick, but gets pressed into the cage for a bit after. Stann fights off and Santiago misses a punch on the break, getting knocked off balance with a kick in a subsequent exchange. Stann landing hard punches on the feet. Santiago tries for a takedown which Stann avoids easily. Stann with a good leg kick. A hard uppercut lands for Stann that briefly stalls Santiago, but he hangs tough. Stann catches a leg kick and pushes Santiago back. Stann really showing solid technical striking, throwing straight punches that are continually finding their mark. Santiago tries a flying knee that Stann shoves away. Stann lands another nice leg kick. Stann is walking through Santiago’s shots. He lands a huge right hand that crumples Santiago, the follow up ground-and-pound is academic.

He checks on his fallen opponent after referee Herb Dean halts his assault.

Brian Stann defeated Jorge Santiago via TKO(strikes) at 4:29 of round 2.

Stann is as classy as ever in victory, giving props to fallen soldiers and and his defeated opponent.

Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story

Kim Winslow refs this welterweight match.

Round 1: Story walking Alves down early, but Alves lands first with a short right hand. Story drops for the takedown and gets it against the fence. Alves gets to his feet, but Story is all over him, kneeing him in the thighStory really digging in with knees to Alves’ legs. Alves gets his back off of the cage and takes Story down, but they hit their feet again in short order. Story drops for the takedown quickly, not looking to trade with the Pitbull. Story is staying all over Alves, pressing him into the fence. Winslow breaks them and they take back to the center of the cage. Story lands a body shot. Story lands a few hooks while Alves gets the plum and fires off a knee. From the clinch, Story grabs hold of Alves and presses him into the cage. Story is dictating the pace of this first round, making this fight much tougher for Alves than many thought. Story breaks and fires off a volley of punches that connect, though Alves hangs tough and reverses Story. Story fights back and turns Alves to the fence. Alves breaks and they start to throw down, both men swinging hard punches from the pocket and landing with equal frequency. Big round for Story. scores the round 10-9 for Story

Round 2: Alves lands a trademark vicious leg kick. Alves going to work with some good strikes, but Story grabs him again and bullies him into the fence. There are shades of the Jon Fitch-Thiago Alves fights here. Story dives in off of a kick attempt and gets Alves to his back. Alves gets his own takedown with a trip and moves into half guard. Story sweeps out of it and gets to his feet with Alves pressed into the fence. Story is giving Alves fits on the cage, keeping from establishing any of his vaunted muay Thai offense. Winslow separates them again. Alves gets knocked to his back after throwing a kick and it isn’t long before Story has hold of him again, dragging him to the mat. Alves gets double underhooks and eventually breaks, but can’t get much striking offense going before the bell. scores the round 10-9 for Story

Round 3: Thiago Alves needs to make something drastic happen here in this third round in order to keep from losing. Story is moving in with punches, but Alves pegs him with a good knee on his way in that backs him up. Alves gets Story playing the striking game, but after a brief stall Story goes in for the takedown. Alves fights him off this time. Alves tags Story with a left hook. Story landing nicely with body shots. Story drops for the takedown, but Alves defends this time and they break. Alves lands another good left hook. They trade punches against the cage shortly before Story drops for another takedown, which Alves defends. Alves separates and looks to land on the feet. Alves with a hard right hand and left hand follow up, but Story is walking through it. Alves lands another solid right hand and a knee that has Story looking for the takedown. Thirty seconds to go and they fight against the fence. They break and Alves fires off a head kick. A knee. Alves going to work with knees as the round ends, while Story fires back with punches. scores the round 10-9 for Alves

Rick Story defeated Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Story tells Joe Rogan that he wanted to prove that he belongs at the top; he did just that.

Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne

Steve Mazzagatti will be the third man in the cage tonight.

Round 1: Browne lands with a picture-perfect leg kick; Struve returns suit. fter an attempt at a jumping technique, Struve ties Browne up and pushes him into the fence. From there, Browne lands a nice short elbow and reverses his position. Browne throwing hard punches followed by good leg kicks. Browne with another nice leg kick. Struve throws a body kick which Browne briefly snares. Browne isn’t landing much, but he’s throwing with very bad intentions. Browne gets double underhooks on Struve and puts him on his back. Struve fights Browne off of him and trips him to the mat in one fell swoop. He threatens with the D’arce, but Browne avoids and lets Struve back to his feet. Browne connects with a shot from the outside, then reduces Struve to a heap with a Superman punch that requires neither of the two follow up shots to seal victory.

Travis Browne defeated Stefan Struve via KO (Superman punch) at 4:11 of round 1

Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

Nelson doesn’t switch things up, he walks out to “I’m Fat” by “Weird” Al Yankovicz. Josh Rosenthal will oversee this co-main event bout.

Round 1: They touch gloves to start things off. Nelson bulls Mir into the cage, but Mir reverses and looks for a takedown of his own against the fence. Nelson reverses. Mir lands a big knee on the break. He goes for another that barely misses. Mir lands a head kick, then gets clipped with a right hand before Nelson grabs hold of him again. Mir lands another nice knee from off of the cage, another. Mir going to work with knees, absolutely hammering Nelson. Nelson gets Mir against the fence though, where he lays on him for a bit before breaking and trying to land the right hand. Mir lands a head kick and another knee. He eats a right hand or two in the process, but lands several nice knees before they clinch again. Mir hits a beautiful trip and takes mount, briefly threatening to take Nelson’s back before “Big Country” gets back to his feet. scores the round 10-9 for Mir

Round 2: They touch gloves again to start the second. Nelson lands a hard straight right, before Mir returns with a good leg kick. Mir is landing with kicks to the legs and some nice punches, while Nelson looks primarily to land the right. Mir drops for a single and gets it with ease. Mir working elbows from half guard, keeping his hand over Nelson’s mouth. Nelson give up his back in order to get to his feet, where Mir presses him into the cage. Mir drops for the takedown again and gets it again, seemingly overwhelming Big Country with two and a half minutes to go. Nelson gets to his feet again, but Mir isn’t relenting his attack. Mir with another good leg kick and a follow up knee. Mir showing great diversity in his standup. Nelson grabs him again and they fight against the cage as the round winds to a close. Rosenthal breaks them with ten to go. scores the round 10-9 for Mir

Round 3: They touch gloves to seal the fight. Nelson, looking tired, misses with a slow right hand. Mir scores with a knee. Mir with a front kick. Mir lands a leg kick and then another nice knee before bulling Nelson into the fence. Mir drops for the double and gets it easily, where he works strikes from half guard. Mir is balling Nelson up against the fence, but Big Country finds his way back up to his feet. Mir lands another knee to the head before dropping back for and completing the takedown. Mir working ground-and-pound, but Nelson again gets to his feet. Mir drops for the takedown again and gets it easily with over a minute to go. Mir lands a huge elbow, then another. Mir is slamming Nelson’s face with elbows, which Nelson eats impressively. The fight ends with Mir looking for the takedown against the fence. scores the round 10-9 for Mir

Frank Mir defeated Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Mir is astounded by how many shots Nelson can take, but says that he’s happy with his performance.


Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill

Matt Hamill enters the arena to “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” by the Rolling Stones. Jackson walks to the cage as usual, howling and looking like a man possessed to the strains of “One More Road to Cross” by DMX. Herb Dean will officiate the main event.

Round 1: Hamill goes for a leg kick early. Hamill goes for the takedown and Rampage shucks him off easily, looking to land counters afterward. Hamill whiffs on a couple of high kicks. Rampage almost decks Hamill with an uppercut. Jackson is looking to counter as Hamill moves in, putting some serious heat on his punches. Hamill lands a leg kick. The pace is tentative throughout this first round, with Hamill reaching too much on his punches and takedown attempts and Jackson taking his time countering. Jackson stuffs two takedowns in a row. Jackson backs Hamill up with a three-punch combination. Rampage defends another takedown and throws him off of another one. Jackson is pouring it on with twenty to go, backing Hamill up and bloodying him with punches. scores the round 10-9 for Jackson

Round 2: Hamill comes out swinging tight away, but Jackson lands cleaner on the counter. Jackson easily defends another takedown and presses Hamill into the fence. Hamill tries for the takedown and eats a knee to the gut for his trouble. Jackson lands a big uppercut from the clinch. Hamill drops for a low single that Jackson sees from a mile away. Rampage tags him up with punches and knees for his trouble. The pace is slowing again and the crowd starts to boo a bit. Jackson clips Hamill with a left hook. Hamill lands a leg kick as Jackson backs off with his offense. Jackson stuffs another takedown and makes Hamill pay with strikes. Again. Hamill tries for a head kick and Jackson fires back with a series of punches that have Hamill cowering. Hamill keeps trying for the takedowns but Jackson just isn’t having it. scores the round 10-9 for Jackson

Round 3: Jackson clips Hamill with a right hook after Hamill misses a Superman punch. Jackson lands a glancing right straight. Jackson avoids another takedown, but Hamill keeps hold of him and they fight for position on the cage. Jackson fights free. Hamill lands a one-two. Jackson with a good body shot. Hamill presses Jackson into the fence, but Rampage hammers knees into his midsection and fights him off. Jackson with a powerful punch combination. A good leg kick lands for JAckson, before he stuffs a takedown and lands a left hook. Jackson thinks about a takedown, but lets it go. Jackson is dominating Hamill, but not looking very aggressively for the finish. He pushes in with a big knee and presses Hamill into the fence. The crowd voices its displeasure with the fight’s slowed pace. Thirty seconds to go and Hamill has Jackson pressed into the fence. Jackson breaks, misses a flying elbow and lands a good knee. He pours it on until the bell, clearly showing fatigue. scores the round 10-9 for Jackson

Quinton Jackson defeated Matt Hamill via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Jackson gives Hamill props for being as tough as he is, and reveals to the unjustly booing crowd that he came in with a fractured hand to this fight.