By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
UFC 130: “Rampage vs. Hamill” pay-per-view event emanated from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday, and featured a somewhat lackluster night of fights.
In the evening's main event, Quinton Jackson out-classed Matt Hamill en route to an easy, one-sided unanimous decision victory after three rounds of action. It was Rampage's takedown defense and superior stand-up skills that gave him the edge in winning a less-than-thrilling three-round fight.
In the co-main event, two heavyweight Las Vegas boys battled it out in the octagon for the full three-rounds. The outcome saw Mir win an easy unanimous decision victory, one in which he earned with a great stand-up attack that included many knees to the face of “Big Country”. Mir also managed to take Nelson down several times and gain dominant positions on the ground.
One of the most exciting finishes of the evening came in the form of Travis Browne's first-round knockout of Stefan Struve. Browne caught Struve with a superman punch that tumbled the 6'11'' Struve like a giant redwood tree.
Up-and-coming welterweight prospect Rick Story chalked up another impressive win, out-scoring former 170-pound title contender Thiago Alves after three hard-fought rounds. Story picked up the victory in somewhat surprising fashion, as it was his stand-up attack that really paid dividends in the fight.
In the pay-per-view opener, the Military-Man Brian Stann picked up his second-straight impressive UFC knockout by besting Jorge Santiago in the second round with a barrage of strikes. Stann came through for the American fans, who were supporting him in droves with “U.S.A.” chants as the All-American Hero picked up the KO victory on Memorial Day Weekend.
Here are the quick-match results for the entire UFC 130: “Rampage vs. Hamill” event:
-Renan do Nascimento Mota Pegado def. Cole Escovedo via Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Michael McDonald def. Chris Cariaso via Split Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Gleison Tibau def. Rafaello Oliveira via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:28 of Round 2.
-Tim Boetsch def. Kendall Grove via Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Demetrious Johnson def. Miguel Torres via Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Brian Stann def. Jorge Santiago via KO (punches) at 4:29 of Round 2.
-Rick Story def. Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Travis Browne def. Stefan Struve via KO (punch) at 4:11 of Round 1.
-Frank Mir def. Roy “Big Country” Nelson via Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds.
-Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Matt Hamill via Unanimous Decision after 3 Rounds.