Recently UFC light-heavyweight contender Matt Hamill found himself being moved from his original fight at UFC 129 in April with Phil Davis, to UFC 130 a month later in a more high profile encounter with Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.
In a new interview Hamill reveals that he wasn’t overly excited about fighting Davis, but that he’s highly motivated to face former champion Rampage. He also adds that a win will propel him to a title shot.
“Dana White wanted me to fight anyone in the top ten. Trust me, when I got Rampage, I got very excited,” Hamill told an audience at the screening of a movie about his life. “This is the moment that I wanted to face him; I’m one fight away from the title. This could be a great fight, it could be a war, it’s not going to be easy. (MMA rankings) are only a number, who ever is better than me keeps me more motivated. May 28, I’ll be ready.”
It is known that the UFC have been hinting that a title shot could beckon for Rampage if he wins, but so far there’s been no indication that the promotion is in a hurry to make the same offer to Hamill.
To be fair Hamill is on a five fight winning streak, defeating the likes of Mark Munoz, Keith Jardine and Tito Ortiz along the way, but he’s yet to make a dent against top 10 opposition, and many people will find it hard to wipe the memory of him being demolished by Jon Jones before an illegal elbow handed Hamill the win by way of DQ.
In all likelihood, even with an impressive win over Rampage, he’d still want to see him fight another top contender like Rashad Evans or Forrest Griffin for example, before being placed in serious title contention.