UFC 130 Fight Card: Does a Win Put Matt Hamill in the Title Picture?

Jeffrey McKinneyContributor IIIMay 27, 2011

At UFC 130, Matt "The Hammer" Hamill will headline a PPV for the first time in his career against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

Despite being born deaf, Hamill has become a star in of the world’s most difficult and dangerous sports, MMA.

Hamill is riding a five-fight winning streak that dates back to 2008.

Despite this, the odds are against Hamill. Although he has not had a KO victory since 2008, Jackson is still a dangerous striker and considered one of the top five light heavyweights in the world.

This is a fight Hamill had to take in order to prove he wants to make a serious title run.

But Hamill will need to do more than just win this fight to be seriously considered a top contender.

While he has wins over impressive fighters, Hamill’s 11-2 record may not be as impressive as it seems.

For starters, he was completely dominated by current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in their fight. Hamill was well on his way to being TKO’d before the referee disqualified Jones.

Hamill’s next fight was a close battle with Keith Jardine. Jardine was deducted a point in the fight leading the judges' scorecard to give the fight to Hamill by majority decision.

Although Hamill dominated Tito Ortiz in his most recent fight, Ortiz is far removed from the fighter he was when he was light heavyweight champion.

Hamill is a good fighter who has overcome a lot. But he’ll have to win out against top competition if he wants a title push.

That competition will not be easy to get through. The light heavyweight division features the likes of former champions Rashad Evans, Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, and Shogun Rua fighting for position. Also in the division is up-and-comer Phil Davis, who is a perfect 9-0.

MMA is a sport where anything can go. And with the way things have gone in the UFC lately, a top contender could be moved out of position due to injury.

In any case, Hamill will have some work to do if he wants to be considered a legit title contender. Beating Rampage would be a good start.

What do the Bleachers think? Is Matt Hamill on his way to being a title contender with a win?