UFC 130: Randy Couture Predicts Main Event Fights: Jackson vs. Hamill

Todd SeylerContributor IMay 22, 2011

UFC 130: MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada
UFC 130: MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, Nevada

UFC 130 will take place this Saturday, May 28, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Preliminary card action includes the bantamweight debut of the highly regarded and extremely talented Brazilian, Renan Barao.

Spike TV will air a tremendous bantamweight matchup between Miguel Torres and Demetrious Johnson.

Main card action includes a middleweight bout between the hard-hitting ex-Marine, Brian Stann, scheduled to square off against the former Sengoku middleweight champion, Jorge Santiago.

Additional pay-per-view fights include a barn-burner between Thiago Alves and Rick Story in the welterweight division.

The co-main event of the evening is a heavyweight duel between the former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, and the up-and-coming Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights winner, Roy Nelson.

In the main event, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, will enter the Octagon against Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.

With questions looming regarding both main events, experts and pundits do not seem to share a common viewpoint as to who will be the victor for both fights.

To provide more clarification, UFC hall-of-fame fighter, and recent retired MMA superstar, Randy Couture, sat down with Affliction to analyze and predict the outcome of "Rampage" versus "The Hammer."

"So many questions surround "Rampage," Couture stated. "Where is he training? What is he involved in? Is he taking it (this fight) seriously? Will he be prepared? What kind of shape will he be in?"

These questions and more cloud experts' views as to how Jackson will perform this Saturday.

In contrast, Couture is confident that Matt Hamill will be extremely prepared for this light heavyweight battle.

"Hamill is not the guy you don't want to fight not fully prepared. (Hamill) has got a ton of heart, a great wrestling background, and showed some tremendous striking in his last couple of outings."

Familiar with both fighters and their strengths and weaknesses, Couture commented on "Rampage's" strengths inside the Octagon.

"(Rampage) hits like a mack truck. If you stand in front of this guy (Quinton Jackson), he will flat knock your head off."

"Jackson is predominately a striker coming into this fight. It'll be interesting to see if Hamill can take him to the ground and take some steam from him (Jackson)."

Continuing to comment on both fighters abilities inside the cage, Couture stated, "Rampage is more that inside fighter. He throws those hooks. He throws those uppercuts. He throws those types of punches. Hamill's style of striking draws Rampage in and frustrates him. This makes it easier for Hamill to potentially take him down."

In the end, the hall-of-fame fighter and legendary icon Randy Couture feels that Hamill will have his hand raised in victory.

"I'm gonna go with the potential upset with the underdog in Matt Hamill."

Confident that a solid Hamill will defeat a potentially unmotivated Jackson, Couture's pick is in line with my prediction posted earlier this week.

This Saturday will determine whether or not Quinton Jackson is back in the light heavyweight championship discussion once again, or if Matt Hamill continues to climb up the contender's ladder.

I welcome your comments.

Todd Seyler

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