UFC 130 Fight Card: Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson vs Matt Hamill Preview
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 (31-8) and Matt Hamill (10-2).
The co-main event will be a heavyweight showdown between two highly ranked fighters, former UFC champion Frank Mir and Roy "Big Country" Nelson.
When news broke that "Rampage" Jackson was going to face Matt Hamill at UFC 130, one person that was less than thrilled about the fight was Jackson himself, who took to twitter to offer, "I'm not interested in fighting Matt. I rather fight Rashad. I have unfinished business with him."
In the days leading up to the fight, Jackson became very interested in fighting Hamill. "My main motivation is to win," Jackson said during the UFC 130 media call. "But I think Matt made a mistake when he said he's going to break my will and I'm going to overlook him. That lit a fire up under my a**. That made me train a little bit harder so I can break his will and make sure I can outclass him."
Jackson continued, "Honestly, in the beginning, fighting him, I wasn't 100 percent motivated as I would be versus someone who had beaten me before or something like that. But when he said that, that motivated me as much as I've been motivated in a fight."
In his interview with UFC.com for the fight, Hamill said, "Everyone thinks that I’m not ready for Rampage. I love to be the underdog. I got that from my grandfather. He said something about 'being under the radar.' So let people think that I’m just going to get killed by Rampage. Just wait and see."
Hamill then described the fight as, "It's perfect timing, he's the one so close to being the contender. So I feel like I want to be ready to be the contender, one fight away from the title shot. I want to get close to the Top 5."
A win over Jackson will put Hamill into the Top 10 mix of the UFC light heavyweight division. As far as Jackson is concerned, there has been talk from UFC president Dana White that a win in this bout puts him into consideration to fight current light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
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