UFC 130 is set to take place on Saturday, May 28 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The main event on the card will feature a light heavyweight battle between former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Matt Hamill. The co-main event will be a heavyweight showdown between two highly ranked fighters, former UFC champion Frank Mir and Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
Bantamweight fighters Miguel Torres (39-3) and Demetrious Johnson (9-1) will meet in a preliminary card bout that will be televised live on Spike TV.
Torres, a former WEC champion, made his UFC debut at UFC 126, defeating Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision. The fight left many fans questioning if the fighter in the cage was the real Miguel Torres, as he discarded his previous wide-open, brawling style for a more precise style. Where he would once stand and bang with no cares, he chose to fight mostly from the outside in the bout against Banuelos, picking his spots on the way to the win.
For fans looking for Torres to revert to his old style, don't count on it, as he sees the benefits of his new approach. “Normally after my fight, I’d win and it would be a great show but I’d have scars on my face, my hands would be busted up, my ribs hurt, my legs hurt from kicking and getting kicked," Torres told the Chicago Sun-Times. "It would feel like I was in a car accident. It’d take a long time to recover.”
Torres continued, "I see the benefits after my fights. For the [Charlie] Valencia and Banuelos fights, I won them both clean. I wasn’t hurt. I was hit very little, one of them only six times, the other seven times. I barely got hit, and I could train when I got home."
Torres' opponent, Johnson, is looking forward to fighting Torres on Saturday night. The man that goes by the nickname Mighty Mouse told Bleacher Report, "I never thought of the day I'd fight Miguel Torres. I remember watching him when I was an amateur. I am really honored that all my fans out there believe I have a shot to take him out. I'm going to do my best and it's just surreal. I can't wait ‘til the day comes when he and I are in the Octagon together fighting."
Johnson is on a three-fight winning streak, with his last victory coming at UFC 126 against Norifumi Yamamoto. A win against Torres will get Johnson one step closer to his goal of being able to become a full-time UFC fighter.