Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson produced a comfortable win over Matt Hamill in the main event of UFC 130 this evening, but he couldn’t find a finish against the durable fighter.
Hamill started off brightly with a variety of kicks to both the legs and head of Rampage, but ominously when he then shot down for an early takedown Rampage stuffed it with ease.
That would continue to be the case as the round progressed, and with Rampage beginning to find his range in the stand-up things were starting to look a little worrying for Hamill.
As the round drew to a close Rampage began to stalk him and was finding some success with uppercuts, hooks and knees which slowed Hamill down significantly.
In the second round it was the former champion who continued to dominate, leaving his best work until the closing stages again, tagging Hamill with slick combinations of punches and hurtful knees, occasionally working to the body nicely, with the former TUF season 3 competitor offering little in return apart from the occasional desparate and unsuccessful takedown attempt.
Going into the third it wasn’t a question of if Rampage was going to win, but rather when. He had been craving a win pre-fight, but despite winning comfortably he was struggling to find another spectacular finish to add to his impressive highlight reel.
It wasn’t to be though, with Hamill hanging in until the bitter end despite being caught in the crossfire again at times. Rampage shook his head in disappointment as the final bell sounded, but the decision was never in doubt and all three judges gave him the nod 30-27.
There had been talk of Rampage getting a title shot next against Jon Jones, and that is still a distinct possibililty, but with some fans booing at the end of the fight it wasn’t exactly the perfect platform to generate interest in that particular match-up.