In the latest of a series of unexpected twists Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson will now face Matt Hamill at UFC 130.
The report comes from Heavy.com who claim that ‘Rampage’s’ original opponent Thiago Silva has indeed been pulled from the event for undisclosed reasons, suspected to be related to a recent drugs test.
Despite initial rumors that Rashad Evans would be his new opponent however, it turns out that the UFC have selected Hamill instead.
As a result Hamill’s scheduled bout with Phil Davis on the main card of UFC 129 in April has now been scrapped. Meanwhile Evans is believed to now be waiting to see who wins the March 19th title fight between Shogun Rua and Jon Jones fight
From Jackson’s point of view this would appear to be a more favorable draw than either Silva or Evans, though from a fans perspective it will perhaps be viewed as a less glamorous choice.
Hamill is a strong wrestler, but no more so than Evans, and he often favors standing with opponents, which could prove costly against a talented striker like Rampage. Hamill is also unlikely to provide a submission threat, something that Silva certainly would have.
He does however bring a five fight winning streak to the table, though his ‘victory’ over Jon Jones is heavily disputed since he was being comprehensively beaten until Jones threw an illegal elbow strike that caused him to be disqualified.
A win over Rampage would be considered his biggest to date, and would help him take a step closer to his dream to be considered one of the top ranked light-heavyweights in the world.