Jackson beats Hamill at UFC 130
LAS VEGAS (AP) – Former light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson dominated Matt Hamill on Saturday night, winning a unanimous decision at UFC 130.
Jackson was able to neutralize every takedown attempt by the former NCAA wrestling champion while easily controlling the stand-up action throughout the fight. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I give myself a 5,” Jackson said. “But I did what I had to do to scrape out a victory.”
Jackson came on strong at the end of the first round, bloodying Hamill’s mouth just before the bell. He also landing a number of power punches in the final two rounds on his way to a convincing victory.
Jackson said Hamill had a great game plan.
“I wish I could have implemented my plan a little better,” Jackson said. “That guy was tough. I was trying to knock him out.”
In the co-main event, former heavyweight champ Frank Mir beat Roy Nelson in a unanimous decision. The judges’ scores were 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.
“Like I promised you, I’m not losing,” Mir said. “I’m going for the title again. That’s every fighter’s dream.”
Mir had a nice judo toss while taking the first round easily. He used the single-leg takedown to bring Nelson to the mat a number of times in the final two rounds.
On the undercard, Travis Browne knocked out Stefan Struvein the first round. Rick Story won by unanimous decision over Thiago Alves and Brian Stann continued his march up the middleweight ranks with a second-round TKO over Jorge Santiago.
Demetrious Johnson and Tim Boetsch also earned unanimous decision victories in the preliminary bouts. Gleison Tibau earned a submission victory and Michael McDonald and Renan Barao each won by decision.