Barring a serious hand injury, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson very likely earned himself a title shot with his win last night over Matt Hamill.
The former UFC light heavyweight champ and Pride FC star took on The Ultimate Fighter 3 contestant Matt Hamill in the main event of UFC 130 — which went down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada — and defeated The Hammer via unanimous decisions. Unlike with his recent decision win over fellow former champ Lyoto Machida, there should be no one questioning the legitimacy of Jackson’s most recent victory; he dominated Hamill from bell-to-bell and never looked to be in trouble with his opponent.
Though the win may not have answered everyone’s questions about his motivation, Jackson told MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani that he wants to challenge for the belt in his next outing.
“I don’t know. I would like for Jon Jones to be next,” said Jackson. “He’s got the belt don’t he? Yeah. That’s who I need. I need to get that belt. I need that belt back around my waist.”
UFC president Dana White echoed Jackson’s sentiment in his own interview with Helwani, explaining that the shot is his as long as the hand injury he mentioned post-fight isn’t too serious.
“Who out there — I don’t care what you though of the fight or what you think — who out there doesn’t think that Rampage is one of the best fighters at 205-pounds?” White asked, before adding as to whether or not Rampage will definitely get the next shot at the belt: “I don’t know, we gotta see what’s wrong with him. He’s talking about his hands, so we gotta get his hands looked at. I’m not gonna let the guy fight if he’s got bad hands.”
And if Jackson’s hand injury won’t heal in time for him to face Jones, who’s next for the young champion? “Lyoto Machida,” according to White.