May 23rd, 2011 By Sammy Perez
UFC 130 LOOKS TO BE A GREAT CARD SATURDAY
FOCUSED “RAMAGE” SET TO GO ON RAMPAGE!
Former light-heavyweight champ (205) Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson (31-8, 14 KO’s 7 subs) steps back into the Octagon for the first time in six months since his split decision win against Lyoto Machida, to take on former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ alum, Matt’ The Hammer’ Hamill (10-2, 6 KO’s). Hamill, the former three-time division-three national wrestling champion, is riding a five-fight winning streak and while it may not be the popular opinion, I expect him to do the same here. Rampage, who packs the power to put anyone to sleep with one punch, has not shown a willingness to expand his game and that might be his downfall here.
DID RASHAD LAY OUT BLUEPRINT TO BEAT JACKSON?
Rashad Evans, also a former collegiate wrestler, showed the formula exactly one year ago, on how to use wrestling to defeat Jackson and I believe Hamill will employ more of the same. Unless Rampage has worked on his wrestling and take down defense, I see Hamill with an improved stand-up game, avoiding the big shot and taking one of his own, literally, over and over again to grind out a decision. If that happens, Hamill will be right on course to eventually meet up with current champ Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, who Jones was handling quite easily before losing via disqualification for illegal elbow strikes.
MAN THAT BEAT BROCK LESNAR TAKES ON SLAYER OF KIMBO
In the co-main event, it’s a “huge” Vegas showdown when former heavyweight champion Frank Mir (14-5, 3 KO’s 8 subs) takes on the man known as ‘Big Country‘, Roy Nelson (15-5, 8 KO’s, 5 subs). While both are big men, usually coming in right under the 265 lbs. limit, they are both agile and mobile in their fighting styles. Mir, who stands 6’4″, looks more proportionate for the weight class, while Nelson at 6 foot even, looks like someone who you’d typically see at the end of the bar on a Friday afternoon. However, don’t let that fool you; Nelson is a skilled fighter who knows exactly how to use his weight.
FRANK KNOWS “BIG COUNTRY” HAS THE GOODS!
Mir knows this all too well as he lost to Nelson in a Jiu-Jitsu tournament a few years back. Both are high-level Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts with very heavy hands, thus making this a very intriguing match-up that can go either way. Therefore, my decision is being made solely one the one factor I see separating the two, heart. While Mir has stepped in to the cage 19 times and has faced the best the division has to offer, for some reason, I’ve always felt he’s lacked something emotionally. Not sure what it is, but it’s there and it’s something I know Nelson has, which is why I’ll pick him to defeat Mir via TKO.
THE “TRUE BEAUTY” OF THE THE UFC & MMA
One punch by Mir can end this whole discussion and make me look bad, but that is what makes this sport so great. It is also why I’ll be in Vegas this week to catch all the action live when it goes down. Hopefully, it will live up to the hype I’ve predicted, but if not I’ll be in Sin City, so I’ll have fun regardless. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but I’ll be back next week to tell you all about it; the fights that is.
“Slammin’ Sammy” Perez