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Quinton Jackson moves one step closer to title shot with win over Matt Hamill

Back in Las Vegas for their annual Memorial Weekend event, UFC presented “UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill” on Saturday night with headliner Quinton Jackson holding off Ultimate Fighter alumnus Matt Hamill and likely earned a title-shot in the process as long as he checks out medically.

Another of the night’s notable performances belonged to Frank Mir, who outclassed Roy Nelson throughout their three-round affair, while former Marine Brian Stann did his fellow veterans proud on Memorial Day Weekend by knocking out former SRC middleweight champ Jorge Santiago in the second stanza of their main card match-up.

Read below for a more-detailed breakdown of all the UFC 130 action…


Renan Barao def. Cole Escovedo via Unanimous Decision
Michael McDonald def. Chris Cariaso via Split Decision
Gleison Tibau def. Rafaello Oliveira via Submission Round 2 (Rear Naked Choke)


Kendall Grove vs. Tim Boetsch

Round One: Boetsch got some early takedowns and roughed up Grove a bit on the ground. Grove went for an armbar but Boetsch avoided it and allowed Grove back up. The rest of the round was spent in the clinch with both men trading control but Grove doing more damage with knees to the body. Relatively close round but a slight edge to Boetsch based on the takedown. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch.

Round Two: Grove started the round well, controlling the clinch and landing knees to the body but Boetsch got a trip takedown into side control and battered Grove with short elbows and punches. Grove worked his way to his feet a couple of times but Boetsch put him right back down each time. Grove finally got up at the end of the round but couldn’t do anything on the feet. Grove looks frustrated walking back to his corner. Strong round for Boetsch with the takedowns. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch.

Round Three: Boetsch got an early takedown but Grove was right back up. Grove again landed some good knees to the body in the clinch but Boetsch was too strong for him and put him back down. Grove kept getting to his feet without taking much damage on the ground but Boetsch just kept pressing forward and getting the takedown. Grove managed to get up and get a takedown of his own but Boetsch quickly reversed him and finished the round on top. Very effective round for Boetsch. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Boetsch and the fight 30-27 for Boetsch.

Result: Tim Boetsch def. Kendall Grove via Unanimous Decision

Miguel Torres vs. Demetrious Johnson

Round One: Johnson used leg kicks early and then got a takedown but Torres immediately swept him over. Torres controlled the position for an extended period of time but Johnson ended up reversing Torres back up. Torres went for a kneebar but Johnson escaped and ended up on top after a scramble. Torres was active off his back and went for a guillotine as the round ended but Johnson got free. Not much damage done by either man but Torres was controlling and active on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Torres.

Round Two: Johnson again got an early takedown but Torres swept him over with a triangle attempt. Johnson got back to his feet and put Torres back down. Then they traded positions on the ground and Torres almost locked up an inverted triangle but Johnson escaped and stayed on top. Torres stayed active though with strikes. Johnson ended the round in half guard but couldn’t do any damage. Johnson spent the majority of the round on top but Torres was more active with strikes and submissions. Very close round but I give it to Torres because of the activity. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Torres.

Round Three: Johnson again with the early takedown but Torres wrapped him up and tried for an armbar. Johnson was able to escape though. Torres remained active off his back with submission and sweep attempts but Johnson stayed on top the entire time. Torres eventually swept Johnson over to full mount. Johnson hipped out of mount but Torres remained on top. Torres went for a guillotine but Johnson escaped and got to his feet. Johnson pressed forward on the feet and got a takedown just as the bell rang as Torres grabbed a guillotine. Another close round but Torres was again more active on the ground. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 Torres and the fight 30-27 for Torres.

Result: Demetrious Johnson def. Miguel Torres via Unanimous Decision


Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago

Round One: All on the feet early with both men trying to find their rhythm. Santiago was looking for the straight right but Stann had success with a counter right. Stann started using more leg kicks and set them up well with his hands. Stann dropped Santiago with a short left hook and swarmed on him on the ground. Stann tried to finish with strikes but Santiago weathered the storm and regained his composure. Stann stayed on top though continued to rough up Santiago with hammerfists. Santiago got up at the end of the round but still looked wobbly. Strong round for Stann with the knockdown and ground and pound. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Stann.

Round Two: Santiago tried a takedown early but Stann fought it off. Santiago started to find a home for the straight right but Stann did a nice job firing right back. Some good exchanges as Stann landed a nice uppercuts, Santiago landed a spinning back fist, and Stann came back with a left hook. Stann continued to put good combinations together while Santiago couldn’t get anything going. Stann eventually dropped Santiago with a right hook, landed a couple of shots on the ground, and the ref jumped in to stop things.

Result: Brian Stann def. Jorge Santiago via TKO Round 2 (Punches)

Rick Story vs. Thiago Alves

Round One: Story got an early takedown but Alves was right back up. Story stayed on Alves in the clinch though and landed some good knees to the thighs of Alves. Alves was able to break away but Story put him right back onto the cage in the clinch. Story landed a good flurry on the clinch break and then went back to controlling Alves against the cage. Some big exchanges at the end of the round with both men connecting with some hard punches. Strong round for Story. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Story.

Round Two: Alves opened up with some kicks but Story closed the distance and got the takedown. Alves got right back up though and got the takedown on Story. Story exploded back up though and stayed tight to Alves in the clinch. Story not doing much damage in the clinch but he’s wearing on Alves. Alves was finally able to escape but he couldn’t get anything going on the feet. Another controlling round for Story. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Story.

Round Three: Alves landed a good knee early that seemed to rock Story. Alves followed it up with some good punches but Story hung tough. Story having succes with body shots while Alves is landing some clean punches to the chin. Alves stuffed the takedown and continued to tag Story with the left hook but Story is proving to have a great chin. Alves caught Story with a knee coming in but Story took it and kept coming. Alves finished strong with some good knees and punches but Story continued to take the shots. Good round for Alves but maybe too little too late, 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Alves but the fight 29-28 for Story.

Result: Rick Story def. Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision

Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve

Round One: Both men opened with some good kicks. Browne is the aggressor and he’s really looking for the right hand but Struve is doing a nice job countering. Browne ended up getting a takedown but Struve tripped Browne down and went for an anaconda choke. Browne was able to get free though and get back up. Browne caught Struve with a huge superman punch that dropped him. A couple of punches on the ground and Struve was out.

Result: Travis Browne def. Stefan Struve via KO Round 1 (Superman Punch

Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

Round One: Nelson initiated an early clinch but Mir turned it around. They traded positions but Mir landed a knee on the break. Mir went for another knee but Nelson countered with a good right hand. Nelson tried to clinch again and Mir roughed him up with some huge knees to the head. Nelson landed a good right on the break and some uppercuts but Mir came back with more knees. Mir hit a beautiful throw and moved right to mount but Nelson got right back up and stayed on Mir in the clinch. Good first round. Edge to Mir based on damage but Nelson had his moments. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mir.

Round Two: Nelson landed some good right hands early but Mir fired back with some good body kicks. Mir got a takedown from the clinch and into half guard but Nelson got up. Mir stayed on him some more in the clinch and managed to get another takedown. Nelson got up again though. Nelson looking very tired as they break away. Another body kick by Mir but Nelson against answered with the right hand. A lot of clinching to end the round. Good round for Mir with the takedowns and just wearing out Nelson. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mir.

Round Three: Both men looking very tired to start the round. Mir managed to get a takedown and land some short elbows. Nelson kept managing to get up but Mir just stays on him in the clinch and continues to put him back down. Big elbows by Mir on the ground. The round ended with Mir controlling the clinch. Another good round for Mir. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Mir and the fight 30-27 for Mir.

Result: Frank Mir def. Roy Nelson via Unanimous Decision

Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill

Round One: Jackson stuffed an early takedown and tried to make Hamill pay with punches but Hamill moved away well. Hamill trying to lead with the right while Jackson trying to counter with the uppercut. Hamill having success with leg kicks. Jackson doing a good job of stuffing the takedown but Hamill avoiding the counter. Big right hand by Jackson. Hamill retreating as Jackson presses forward. Hamill’s lip is busted and the round ends. Hamill started well but got frustrated when his takedowns weren’t working, which led to Jackson opening up. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jackson.

Round Two: Hamill trying to throw the right straight and then god for a takedown but Jackson is easily stuffing it. Jackson making Hamill pay every time he gets close. Big uppercut followed by a knee by Jackson and he once again stuffed the takedown. Jackson really working the body of Hamill now. Big round for Jackson. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jackson.

Round Three: More of the same in this round. Hamill kept trying for takedowns but Jackson kept stuffing them and making him pay with uppercuts and hooks. Hamill had his moments in the clinch but Jackson was too strong for him. Jackson rocked Hamill a couple of times with the right uppercut-left hook combo. Jackson tried to finish strong but Hamill covered well. Another strong round for Jackson. 5OZ scores the round 10-9 for Jackson and the fight 30-27 for Jackson.

Result: Quinton Jackson def. Matt Hamill via Unanimous Decision


  • fanoftna33 says:

    surprised Stann got that ko

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    well I am 1 and 1 tonight so far

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    Nice to see Brown get a ko here, but I felt bad cause I like Struve also.

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  • Lethal Liquid says:

    Travis Browne almost took Stefan Struve’s fucking head off. Haven’t seen bobble head action like that since Rashad blew up Chuck

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    2-1 so far.

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  • bigbadjohn says:

    5 oz had Torres winning 30-27 and Demetrius won a UD? Is that right?

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    3-1 for the night Stann made me miss perfection, damm he is really on a roll

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  • Makington says:

    It was all how you looked at the fight with Torres. Do you give it to Johnson for being on top, or do you give it to Torres who was constantly attacking with submissions and sweeps. I thought Torres won the first 2 and Johnson the 3rd, but I’ve seen worse decisions I guess. I thought it should have been a split decision atleast, but it wasn’t as bad as Pham and Garcia.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    For sure Torres vs Johnson could have gone either way- Torres had him in trouble with subs many times but Johnson got out of them, Johnson got a lot of takedowns but Torres was very active and reversed a few. Great fight and either way is ok for a decision but damm did they both show serious heart

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  • Creature says:

    Good night of fights, Not surprised at all with Stan getting the finish, 2 more good wins and hes gonna get a title shot i think, Im a little shocked with Thiago’s crappy TD defense after fighting the WW divisions best wrestlers back to back like he did.. Browns superman punch was insane, holy crap it looked like struve got his neck broke lol. im also surprised at how ineffective roy was, he looked like a lower mid tier fighter tonight, and Rampage did exactly what i thought he would, minus a KO

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

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  • HevyHitters says:

    Looking forward to rampage vs jones…hopefully it will happend…I don’t think a lot of people will give credit to page in that one, but I see him winning…he will be the first to actually put his hands on him, we have never seen how jones reacts being pressured/backing up and hit really looked good vs hamill, sucks he didn’t get the k.o but was trying..hamill has heart but will never get a title shot

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  • YetiLee says:

    @ Hevy – Rampage will beat Jones? Thanks for the laugh, Rampage has looked like shit his last few fights. He looked like crap against Rashad, even worse against Machida(a fight he should have lost), and looked timid against Hamill. Rampage lost his killer instinct after the Forrest fight and is just a shell of his former self. You won’t get the chance to see Jones backing up and being pressured because he will no doubt take it to Rampage and get the K.O in the first. I really hope Rampage can’t fight due to his hand and they give the fight to Rashad as that fight would be much more entertaining and have a much worthier opponent fighting for the title.

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  • bigbadjohn says:

    I don’t particularly disagree with anything you said, Logic. But I reserve the right to give thumbs-downs for more reasons than just that. And I will exercise that right on your hater ass. Nelson, Hamill and Struve are not top 10, we know.

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  • Creature says:

    maybe we read it for laughs? ill admit i used to actually agree with alot of things you posted Logic but it seems somewhere along the way you kind of started well being a negative hater, reminds me of liverpunch all to well. ill say i never thought of nelson or hamill as a top tier title contender, but i completely disagree with them not being in the top 20, id say they def are. you say roy hasnt beaten a top 20 guy but i believe shaub is easily top 20, and pushing top 10, if he beats nog hes def a top 10 guy. we thumbs you down because your always bringing fighters down, and even tho sometimes your arguments make sense and you have a point, most of the time there just based on ridiculous, stale, and hateful statistics, yeah roy has lost 4 of his last 6. but look at who hes fought, arlovski who was at the time still a pretty solid fighter, monson who is still pretty solid and in my eyes underrated, JDS who is a straight destroyer, and Mir, a 2 time UFC champ who is looking better now than ever before.

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  • Creature says:

    And before you say it, im honestly not hating on you, just figured id throw that out there before you accused me of it as well

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  • Sykotick says:

    Logic, I’ve noticed something:
    If you see a strikeforce event, you will sit and rant and holler about how everyone or those guys are top tier badasses, and when the UFC puts a card together you nitpick about how he is skidding according to his last 6 fights, or how he is overrated, or how he is being unjustly being touted as a title contender.
    (Cyborg v Diaz, alls I gotta say lol)

    And how can it be the Struve got outed as sucking or being subpar? He got punched in the face with a punch that would have dropped anyone. And as far as I know, no one is saying Struve IS top 10 so much as they are saying thag he COULD be top 10 in the near future (as is true with just about every fighter).

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  • HevyHitters says:

    YetiLee…jones will k.o rampage in the first? Possible, but I don’t see that happening …I’m not saying jones can’t win he could, but definetely not by a k.o in the first…page can take a lot of shots and your talking like he will run right threw rampage, I think page looked good vs hamill, ya he didn’t get the k.o but he pressured and connected with some punches that would drop a lot of people, propss to hamill…and machida won that fight? I think you should go back and watch that again…I had rampage winning the first 2 rounds and losing the 3rd…rampage was stalking machida the entire fight, not to mention his take down…rampage vs jones will be an explosive fun fight…I like jones fighting style, but I don’t see him holding the belt to long, I to would think rashand vs jones would be better then page jones…but will have to see won’t we?

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  • HevyHitters says:

    Sounds like your just a hater of page..I havnt liked him much also, but the dude can fight…timid In the machida fight? Are you dilusional…how Is stalking your oppenent throwing stikes timid? Now your comment gave me a good laugh! Lmao

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  • YetiLee says:

    Actually you’re wrong I like Rampage and find him amusing with his soundbites. I also used to be entertained by him fighting but not since he lost to Forrest. I never said he was timid against Machida, a fight I think you need to re-watch because he clearly lost that fight. Hell even Rampage thought he lost that fight. But anyways I said he looked timid against Hamill, he mostly just counter punched and totally lacked the killer instinct he was once known for, Rampage is a fighter going through the motions now and I stand by my statement that he is a shell of his former self. Clearly you’re a Rampage nut hugger and that is fine but you need to put your man love aside and look at the facts and that is Rampage isn’t the same fighter he used to be and will get destroyed by Jones. Of course I think Rampage will make an excuse to not take the fight because he seems to be doing that a lot as of late.

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  • MCM says:

    LOGIC –
    I agree about Stann and Story. I’d like to see Story get a top wrestler for his next fight. I like Ellenburger but wouldn’t mind seeing him against Koz either, (Jake has been angling for Fitch and I wanna see that happen).
    I also agree that Hamil proved himself to be a middle of the road fighter. I had high hopes for him, as Rampage has made a career out of beating middle of the road fighters (and Chuck), but Matt didn’t step up and is now regulated to being a top 15 gatekeeper.
    I do disagree with you about Struve and Nelson though. Struve is still young and still has a ton of potential. IF he can find a way to use the gifts he has, I see no reason why he wouldn’t be challenging for the title in 3 years. Of course that’s a big IF, but all the potential is there and that’s what people are excited about.
    And yes, Nelson is easily top 20….cause the UFC only has 24 HW’s. As far as “people” saying he’s in the mix. Well the only two times I heard that was before the JDS fight when Dana said it, and if Roy would have won, he would definitely have been in the mix, and when Roy said it before this most recent fight. And everyone disagreed with Big Country about it. I think Roy is better than half the division, which puts him pretty close to top 10 by default.

    I also agree with Creature. You used to put a lot more thought into your negativity, now it just seams petty. Come on man, you’re better than that.

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  • HevyHitters says:

    I’m not a rampage nuthugger. He’s not even one of my favorite fighters…I’m just giving him more credit then you are, ill admit he was a little more aggresive before…but come on just because his last couple fights went to decisions means he’s a shell of his former self and lost his killer instinct? He was in shape for hamill and tried to finish him…and I think he would train a lot harder knowing he would be going up against a tremendous athlete in jones…no one will give rampage credit in that fight and I think he deserves some (just my opinion) he did stuff every takedown from henderson and hamill…who are excellant wrestlers…not taking anything away from jones I think he’s an amazing fighter, but I think he needs to beat more top 5 guys before everyone claims he is one of the best, and rampage will be an awesome test…should he an awesome fight! I was really interested in the rashad/jones fight to, to bad it didn’t happen

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Hey atleast Rampage fought through an injury and showed up and won the fight perhaps our “champ” Jones could learn a lesson from Rampage and stop nursing an old college injury and get back in the cage… of coarse after he’s done tweeting and touring around being mr. must see champion…

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  • HevyHitters says:

    Couldn’t agree with you anymore rece rock

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