UFC 130 Fight Card: Bleacher Report Roundtable: Jackson vs. Hamill
The Bleacher Report Roundtable is back for UFC 130: Jackson vs. Hamill. This time around, Robert Gardner and I are joined by fellow Featured Columnist Sean Smith Due to the late time and the fact that there aren't too many fights that will make a big impact, we have decided to discuss the main event only.
To be honest with you, it wasn't easy getting up to discuss this bout, as the allure of Hamill fighting Jackson isn't all that intriguing, and the fact that it's the main event of a pay-per-view boggles my mind even more.
Take a look at what we came up with and keep your eyes open for the next roundtable, which may be for The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale or UFC 131. The month of June is a busy one, as Strikeforce has a major card featuring Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum, the UFC has UFC 131, TUF 13 Finale and UFC on Versus 4.
We will try and get a roundtable in for all of the major cards, even if we only have a chance to cover one or two fights per card.
Bryan: To say that this bout serving as a main event of a pay-per-view is a major disappointment is a severe understatement. Jackson could carry just about any other fighter to a respectable buy, but Hamill is not one of them. What I have a hard time getting over is that the UFC wants us to forget how badly Hamill was manhandled by current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones. Yes, he got the “W”, but in reality, it was an awful showing.
I don’t see any areas in which Hamill can hurt Jackson here, so unless he can take him down and hold him down for 15 minutes, there isn’t another way he can win, but they fight the fight for a reason, because you never know what can happen. Jackson says he’s not concerned with title shots, but he loves the attention and the spotlight and wants a crack at the title in the worst way. He never did receive a shot at a title he lost very controversially, and that has to eat at him.
Sean: In an almost inexplicable effort to make this main event fight even less intriguing than it already is, Jackson has seemed completely apathetic about the match-up with Hamill. I’m sure Jackson is going to give his best effort come fight night, but his lackadaisical attitude about this fight is sure to deter pay-per-view buys from many fans that are likely already on the fence about paying for this card.
While I agree that deep down inside Jackson is desperate for a chance at winning the belt back, a win over Hamill isn’t going to convince anyone that he is the unquestionable top contender in the light heavyweight division.
Although the fact that Jackson was offered a title shot against Mauricio Rua on short notice suggests he is already very close to fighting for the belt, it is important that Jackson doesn’t take this fight with Hamill as lightly as it appears he is. Anything less than a completely dominant win for Jackson should be seen as a setback in his hopes for a title shot.
Robert: With both Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard getting hurt just weeks before this event, the UFC was put in a terrible spot, and their answer of moving Rampage v. Hamill to the top spot was not a great move. I think that Mir v. Nelson would have been able to draw more interest, because both of those guys can at least sell a fight in the media, but that is just the way things go, I guess.
As it is, Hamill is totally outmatched in terms of skill set here and he is going to have to out wrestle and grind this fight out if he wants to get the win. Too bad for him I do not see that happening.
Rampage may be apathetic about this matchup, but I agree with both of you; deep down, he wants that light-heavyweight belt back.
Bryan: I agree that he wants his belt back, but I think he has become numb to the way he feels he has been treated by Dana White and the UFC. It started when he lost to Griffin. He felt he was robbed, but in reality, he chose to fight in the shape that he fought in, and he lost to a guy who wanted it more. Does that happen again here against Hamill?
Hamill is a nice fighter, but as I stated earlier, he has no business being anywhere near the main event of a pay-per-view. Jackson knows that a win over Hamill does very little for him, while Hamill realizes a win over Jackson will catapult him closer to the top of the division, but unfortunately, for Hamill he really has no chance at winning.
Let’s put it this way. If Hamill wins, then the fans lose, because it will be because he will have laid on top of Jackson for 15 minutes, and it will also show that Rampage was ill prepared for this fight. Everyone knows Hamill will try and take Jackson down; I believe Rampage will not allow him to do so.
Winner via unanimous decision: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Sean: In his last loss, Jackson had no answer for Rashad Evans’ wrestling, which is the same strength Hamill will most likely employ in this fight. However, Hamill is not at the same level as Evans in terms of wrestling and quickness.
Jackson should be able to keep this fight standing long enough to either outscore Hamill with striking or land a knockout blow. The only way Hamill wins this one on his feet is by tying Jackson up and grinding out an ugly decision.
Whether he cares or not, this is a must-win fight for Jackson to remain a serious threat in the light heavyweight division. Even if the uninspired Jackson does show up at UFC 130, he should be able to take at least an unimpressive decision victory.
Winner via unanimous decision: Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Unfortunately, Robert was unable to give us his prediction. I hope you enjoy the rest of it!!
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