Former UFC light heavyweight champion and Pride FC star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may not have silenced all of his doubters tonight at UFC 130, but he certainly proved that he hasn’t lost a step. Jackson took on a very motivated Matt Hamill and ran “The Hammer” straight into the ground.
Jackson made it clear that his will would remain unbroken tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, clearly dominating Hamill for the three rounds that their main event bout lasted.
Rampage set the tone early, avoiding Hamill’s takedowns with absolute ease and loading up on hard counter punches. Though the pace slowed at times, Jackson was never at a loss for an answer to Hamill’s takedowns and was ready to fire back with hard strikes at all times. To close the first, Jackson backed The Hammer up with punches that left him dazed and bleeding.
Showing his heart, Hamill came out of the gates swinging in the second round. It was to no avail however, as Jackson avoided, countered and then shucked off a takedown attempt. Going into desperation mode, Hamill began looking for the takedown from all angles, but Jackson kept on his toes and easily avoided The Hammer’s attempts, making him pay again and again with knees and punches.
Jackson began to land some nice kicks in the third and continued on with the pattern he had set in the two previous rounds: avoiding Hamill’s takedown attempts and outclassing him in the striking department still.
Though the crowd grew restless at times during lulls in the action, Jackson rightly earned himself a unanimous decision win over a tough competitor in Hamill and apparently did it with a fractured hand, as he explained to Joe Rogan post-fight. His efforts increase his record to 32-8 and could position him in line for a title shot. Hamill falls to 10-3.