UFC 130 was defined by the main event on the fight card. Everyone wondered if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson would return to form against Matt Hamill, yet it turned out to be a very mixed night for the former UFC champion. While Jackson did what he came to do and won, almost no one was impressed with how he did it, as he needed a decision to win in the end.
Hamill never had much of a chance to win, yet he was able to keep himself from getting knocked out. Jackson wound up doing the bare minimum to take a unanimous decision, although it wasn’t one of his more impressive wins.
Since UFC 130 was not a big bounce back event for Jackson, he will still be surrounded by questions about his future. Saturday night’s results did not go over well with fans, as the Las Vegas crowd “booed lustily” at the end, according to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.
Iole also called the overall fight card “lackluster” although Brian Stann put together a second round TKO over Jorge Santiago, and Travis Browne landed a knockout win over Stefan Struve with one first-round punch.
However, both headlining matches ended with a lopsided, unanimous decision, as Frank Mir got by Roy Nelson before the Jackson-Hamill showdown. Yet the Mir-Nelson battle was more punishing, since the post-fight press conference revealed that Mir had to be treated for a broken jaw and a bruised rib, in spite of his victory.
Even Jackson had injuries to deal with, as he aggravated a broken hand during the fight. He said in the press conference that he first broke it last December, when he was “drinking around” with a friend in Japan. Now there is new concern on whether he will have to miss any time, and delay his next championship shot.
The Jackson who defeated Hamill didn’t look championship-worthy to many viewers, and hasn’t looked that way for a while now. Yet if he needs time to heal his hand, he could come back ready to do better, although his window of opportunity might have closed a bit more by then.
However, with UFC 130 now over, these are questions for Jackson’s next fight, whenever it may be. The sport’s next card will be on June 11 in Vancouver- although that city will likely be focused on the Stanley Cup Finals. In fact, should the results of that series favor the Canucks in five games, Vancouver will have lifted the Cup on June 10 in Rogers Arena, leaving ultimate fighting with a hard act to follow the next night.
Nevertheless, the event will still be highlighted by Junior dos Santos taking on Shane Carwin, who is replacing the injured Brock Lesnar.
Yahoo Sports- “Jackson no longer rampages through fights”
SB Nation- “UFC 130 Results: Brian Stann, Jorge Santiago Earn Fight Of The Night Honors”
Bloody Elbow- “UFC 130 Results”
NBC Sports- “Brock Lesnar Withdraws From UFC 131”