UFC 130 “Rampage vs. Hamill” takes place later tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event airs live on pay-per-view at 9pm ET/6pm PT. The pay-per-view broadcast will be preceded by prelim specials on Spike TV at 9pm ET/6pm PT and Facebook at 8pm ET/5pm PT.
In the main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson meets Matt Hamill in a light heavyweight bout.
In the co-main event, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson meet in a heavyweight bout.
Stefan Struve takes on Travis Browne in a heavyweight match-up.
Jorge Santiago returns to the UFC against Brian Stann.
Thiago Alves faces Rick Story in a welterweight bout.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Matt Hamill via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Frank Mir def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
- Travis Browne def. Stefan Struve via KO (Superman Punch) at 4:11 in Round 1
- Brian Stann def. Jorge Santiago via TKO (Punches) at 4:29 in Round 2
- Rick Story def. Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Demetrious Johnson def. Miguel Torres via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Tim Boetsch def. Kendall Grove via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Gleison Tibau def. Rafaello Oliveira via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:28 in Round 2
- Michael McDonald def. Chris Cariaso via Split Decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
- Renan Barao def. Cole Escovedo via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Recap & Thoughts
Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove: Boetsch was a beast when he tore through the Northeast ranks as a light-heavyweight, and though he met with mixed success when he transitioned to life in the Octagon, it was hard not to see the potential that was there. With killer upper-body throws and monstrous raw strength, he could toss folks like they were children at the pool. The only stumbling block was his size. Well, that stumbling block is gone now that Boetsch has moved down to middleweight, as evidenced by his performance against TUF 3 winner Kendall Grove. In his debut at 185 pounds, “The Barbarian” was simply too much, launching Grove to the mat just about whenever he put his hands on him. On the ground Boetsch provided nonstop brutality, and after three rounds of this, it was a no-brainer that the newly-minted middleweight had taken the unanimous decision.
Demetrious Johnson vs. Miguel Torres: Of all his accomplishments in the sport – his vast record, his reign as WEC champ, his epic win streak – nothing has cemented Torres’ elite status more than his ability to rock a mullet and still look imposing. It’s hard to say if Johnson’s confidence was shaken by the mullet; as a frenetic bantamweight, he’s constantly moving forward and attacking. But quite frequently in their UFC 130 preliminary bout, “Mighty Mouse” found himself on the wrong end of more than a few sweeps and insane triangle attempts, and the fight stretched on into a three-round grappling chess match. By virtue of his wrestling and knack for finding top position, Johnson racked up enough points in the judges’ eyes – despite Torres sick jiu-jitsu game (and mullet) – and when time ran out Johnson took the unanimous decision.
Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann: Whenever former US Marine Corps officer Stann lands a punch, somewhere in the world one of America’s enemies is wracked by nightmares. Well, tonight there will be a lot of sleepless Taliban, Al Qaeda and North Koreans. Taking on a well-rounded Brazilian in Santiago, who totally rocked out in Japan’s Sengoku organization before returning to the Octagon at UFC 130, Stann established early on that he was going to slug it out, and Santiago was just going to have to deal with it. Round 1 saw the American walk through his foe’s strikes to land low-kicks and drop Santiago with a left hook. Santiago recovered, but it was only a matter of time before Stann scored again – and he did late in the second round, plastering Santiago with a right hand that stunned him. The ensuing follow-up fists had the referee stepping in at 4:29 of Round 2.
Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story: You’d think someone with Story’s propensity for bullish wrestling would be wary of trading with a striker of Alves’ caliber. But no, Story was absolutely fearless – although his ability to mix his wrestling with hard punching, and his talent for eating leather and suffering no ill effect, likely filled him with confidence. Rounds 1 and 2 saw the American on his opponent like white on rice, tying him up repeatedly and blasting him at every opening. Alves gained momentum in the third frame, tagging Story over and over again in the exchanges and dodging Story’s takedown attempts. It wasn’t enough, though, and Story rightfully took the unanimous decision after the scorecards were tallied.
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve: How do you fight a six-feet-eleven Dutch striker? If you’re Browne, it’s with a ton of aggression and power. As soon as the referee said “go”, Browne went after the towering Struve relentlessly, swinging for the fences at every opportunity. Struve more or less gave as good as he got – that is, until Browne timed a perfect Superman Punch that put Struve to sleep at 4:11 of the first round. An impressive showing by the American, he’s definitely earned himself some tougher competition.
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson: TUF winner, former heavyweight champ, jiu-jitsu powerhouses and killer strikers – when Nelson and Mir stepped into the cage, a lot of accomplishment and ability went in with them. And just by the wealth of technique we saw utilized by both men in Round 1, it was clear we were watching a pair of fighters very good at what they do. The opening frame saw Nelson throwing his right hand, Mir catching him with knees to the head and kicks to the body, and a picture-perfect throw that sent “Big Country” sailing through the air. Things slowed considerably in Round 2, but if Mir was breathing hard, Nelson was sucking serious wind, and this translated into grappling dominance by the ex-champ on the ground and more strikes landed on the feet. Nelson had zero in his gas tank in the final round, and though he hung in there, he had no answer for Mir’s repeated takedowns against the fence. Mir took the unanimous decision in another no-brainer.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill: If you leave your head out there, Rampage will punch it. That’s the gospel as handed down by UFC 130, and wrestler Hamill partook in that knowledge like a thirsty camel drinking from a well. All throughout Round 1 Jackson met Hamill’s takedown attempts with an easy sprawl and enough hooks and uppercuts to kill a horse. Hamill’s lack of grappling success became a recurring theme, as he was never able to truly threaten his foe with getting things to the ground, and Rampage just punched him and punched him and punched him, leaving no doubt who had earned the unanimous decision (Rampage) and who is still not ready for the light-heavyweight division’s elite (Hamill).
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Gleison Tibau: With an Octagon resume about a mile long, Tibau was one step ahead of Oliveira throughout their UFC 130 bout, landing more strikes on the feet, nailing takedowns and – in the ending sequence – tagging Oliveira on the chin against the fence and sinking in a rear naked choke on the dazed fighter. The tap out came at 3:28 of the second round.
Submission of the Night: Gleison Tibau
Knockout of the Night: Travis Browne
Fight of the Night: Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago