Rampage dominates Hamill at UFC 130

NEIL SPRINGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:55 PM ET

Matt Hamill said he was going to prove he belongs among the elite light-heavyweights by breaking Quinton (Rampage) Jackson's will in the main event of UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He failed miserably.

Hamill did a good job of staying away from Jackson's power in the first round, but by remaining outside the pocket, he telegraphed all of his takedown attempts. Jackson brushed off the shots as if they were nothing.

Every time Hamill tried a takedown, Jackson was quick to counter with uppercuts and hooks. Jackson hurt Hamill frequently as the fight progressed, but just couldn't knock him out.

“I didn't get taken down? Good,” Jackson joked after the fight. “Matt Hamill is tough; I tried to knock him out. I couldn’t fight the fight I wanted to because I came in with a fractured hand.

“He's tough; he's a great fighter. He had a great game plan, but I wish I could have done my game plan. Matt ain't no chump.”

Though Jackson was unable to finish the fight, he dominated every round. He has likely earned a crack at light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Frank Mir won a lacklustre unanimous decision over Roy Nelson in the co-main event.

After an exciting first round where Mir landed several big knees to Nelson's face, the fight slowed down as both men were visibly tired. However, Mir appeared to have a little more in the gas tank and was able to dominate the fight with takedowns and knees.

“How many times did I knee him in the face?” Mir said afterwards. “I promised last night ... I'm not losing this fight.”

Mir said he expects to earn a title shot in the near future.

Travis Browne delivered a stunning Superman punch knockout against Stefan Struve.

Browne had difficulty landing punches early on, but as Struve attempted to deliver a knee, Browne lunged into the punch to put him out cold.

Rick Story earned the biggest win of his career, taking a unanimous decision over Thiago Alves.

Story never let Alves get comfortable and immediately turned the fight into a grappling affair. Though he had a tough time keeping Alves down, Story dictated the pace and controlled the fight. In the later rounds, he engaged Alves in the stand-up, providing a few fireworks for an otherwise dull fight.

“I feel great; it was a great fight,” Story said. “Alves is tough as hell; he throws some hard punches.

“I want to prove that I belong (at the top of the welterweight division).”

Brian Stann has now cracked the top 10 rankings for the middleweight division, scoring an impressive TKO victory over former Sengoku champion Jorge Santiago.

Stann continually tagged Santiago with hard leg kicks, taking the spring out of his opponent's step. In the second round, Stann caught Santiago on the temple with a straight right and unloaded with punches for the win.

“I'm ecstatic,” Stann said. “I'll tell you what, Jorge Santiago is a true champion. It's hard to make the switch form Japan and he's going to make a run for this title.”

Though Santiago is currently considered one of the elite fighters at 185 pounds, he's struggled in the UFC, winning only one of his four appearances.

Demetrious Johnson pulled off the upset against former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres in a wild ground war.

Both came out aggressive and were constantly working to finish. Johnson used his superior wrestling skills to take the bout to the mat, but Torres threatened with a barrage of submission attempts and strikes from his back.

Torres came close to finishing Johnson with a guillotine choke and an inverted triangle choke, but just couldn't put him away. After three rounds, the judges all scored it 29-28 for Johnson.

Tim Boetsch dominated Kendall Grove en route to a unanimous decision.

Over and over again, Boetsch was able to take the fight to the mat with a mixture of throws and takedowns. He then punished Grove with ground-and-pound for three rounds in an impressive middleweight debut.

“I felt really great in there; I felt very strong,” Boetsch said. “I'm looking to make a run (for the title). Big thanks to Kendall.”

Gleison Tibau choked out fellow Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt Rafaello Oliveira.

After an even first round, Tibau dropped Oliveira in the second with a short left uppercut. Tibau then unloaded with shots on the ground, opening Oliveira up for a rear-naked choke.

Michael McDonald earned a close split-decision victory over Chris Cariaso in a very competitive fight.

Though Cariaso landed a barrage of kicks throughout the bout, McDonald responded with hard punches and secured more takedowns.

Renan Barao won a unanimous decision over Cole Escovedo in his UFC debut. Barao, who trains with UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, came out aggressive, landing some hard shots and taking Escovedo to the mat.

Once there, Barao was unable to dish out much damage or pass Escovedo's guard. As the fight progressed, Barao began to slow. However, he cranked up the intensity in the final round to earn the judges' nod.

Full results

Quinton 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 first-round knockout (Superman punch)
Rick Story def. Thiago alves via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Brian Stann def. Jorge Santiago via second-round TKO (punches)
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 second-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Michael McDonald def. Chris Cariaso via spli-decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
Renan Barao def. Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)


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