UFC 130 Knockout of the Day: Matt Hamill Proves He Is More Then Just a Wrestler

Sal DeRose@@TheSalDeRoseCorrespondent IMay 26, 2011

Now entering UFC 130, Hamill has grown a lot as a fighter. Since his time on The Ultimate Fighter, Matt Hamill has become a better striker and with every match proves this point.

But no match is better suited to prove this point then his bout with Mark Munoz at UFC 96.

Hamill was primarily a wrestler and so was Munoz. Both fighters claiming NCAA wrestling titles. In this fight though, it was Hamill's striking that got him the big W.

Lets fast forward to the end of the match with Hamill pressing Munoz closer and closer to the side of the cage. Hamill gives Munoz little area to escape and with one swooping high head kick, knocks out Munoz cold. A perfectly placed head kick straight on the jaw line of Munoz.

Munoz's legs went limp and instantly dropped to the floor. As UFC commentator, Mike Goldberg, points out the sound the kick makes, just makes you want to cringe in pain.

Now of course, after this bout Hamill went on to face current light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Of course Jones dominated the fight but went on to lose the fight by disqualification for illegal 12-6 elbows. 

With that said, Hamill is currently riding a five-fight win streak with his most recent wins coming against the likes of Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz.

Hamill is set to face Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the main event this weekend at UFC 130.

Munoz after this fight dropped down to the middleweight division and since then has amassed a record of 5-1 in the middleweight division. 

Munoz is currently riding a two-fight win streak and is set to face a dangerous Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, Demian Maia, at UFC 131 in June.