It wasn't the most exciting of fights, but Quinton “Rampage” Jackson may have earned himself a title shot by defeated Matt Hamill over the weekend in the main event at UFC 130.
Jackson was a heavy favorite in the fight at -275 at and paid off for any bettors that backed him. Rampage won by unanimous decision after winning all three rounds of a somewhat uneventful fight that saw him land a few big blows on Hamill but nothing substantial enough to deliver a knockout.
Rampage went into the fight with a fractured hand which kept him from laying a beating on Hamill, but his staunch defense blocked Hamill's repeated takedown attempts and kept him from doing any big damage with his fists.
Next on Jackson's fight card is expected to be a shot at UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The timing of that fight could depend on how long it takes Jackson's hand to fully heal.
Fans at UFC 130 may have seen another fighter earn a future title shot after Frank Mir easily beat Roy Nelson in a Heavyweight bout. Mir was a -135 favorite at and totally dominated the fight, landing fists, knees, and elbows repeatedly on a winded Nelson in a unanimous decision win. Mir is a former UFC Heavyweight champ and may get a shot at Cain Velasquez or whoever holds the title in the future after such a dominating performance and with Brock Lesnar's future up in the air.
There was only one upset on the main card at UFC 130, in the Welterweight bout between Rick Story and Thiago Alves. Story was a +160 underdog in the fight at but dominated Alves in the fight with some fierce kicks and well timed takedowns to record the upset. Story's win over Alves was his sixth in a row and he deserves watching in the Welterweight division going forward.
Knockout of the night honors at UFC 130 went to Travis Browne for his KO of Stefan Struve. Browne sent Struve to the canvas late in the first round after landing a thunderous Superman punch. Browne was a -130 favorite at and remains undefeated in his MMA career at 11-0-1.
Finishing off the UFC 130 main card was a Middleweight fight between Brian Stann and Jorge Santiago. Stann won by KO in the second round in the “Fight of the Night” according to the UFC. Stann was a -135 favorite at .