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Matt Hamill not Rashad Evans to fight Rampage at UFC 130

Best80smovieRAD2011-02-16 11:12:32 +0000 #1
this is going to be bad for the UFC, Rampage is somehow going to end up offending the deaf community. I really do not care for this fight even more than Rashad-Rampage

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Although reports of Thiago Silva failing a drug test are still unconfirmed, it appears he has in fact been taken out of his UFC 130 bout against Quinton Jackson and has been reportedly replaced by Matt Hamill.

MMAWeekly.com brought word of the change earlier today.

That's much to the chagrin of Jackson though, as he tweets the following:

"I'm not interested in Fighting Matt,I rather fight Rashad,I have un finished business with him."

Hamill was previously slated to square off against Phil Davis at UFC 129 but it should be noted that as early as yesterday, that bout was pulled from the company website.

Although his current five-fight winning streak is slightly marred by a DQ win over Jon Jones in which The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) veteran was clearly getting his ass handed to him, "The Hammer" has put together impressive performances against the likes of former mentor and TUF coach Tito Ortiz and rising middleweight star Mark Munoz.

Hamill's career has been a tale in improvement and he'll need his all-around game in full force if he's to put up a fight against the heavy handed "Rampage."

Star-divide

Jackson has been on a roller coaster (at least in the media) as of late. He accepted a fight against the previously mentioned Silva for UFC 130 but an injury to Rashad Evans forced an opening at UFC 128 against Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua.

The UFC came calling asking if "Rampage" wanted the title shot. "Shogun" blew the lid off, before Page explained he was simply too big to cut the necessary weight in time.

Then the news of Silva's issues with the NSAC brought word that he would need a new opponent and rumors were quick to fly that he would rematch Evans.

Not so fast.

Now it looks like he finally has an opponent in Hamill, who will bring a strong wrestling game that Jackson has struggled with at times in the past. Can the boxer make it a brawl and punch his way to a title shot?

UFC 130 is set to be the promotion's annual Memorial Day Weekend event. The main event will feature the third (and likely final) showdown between Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar and disgruntled challenger Gray Maynard.


bhorrrr2011-02-16 11:24:30 +0000 #2
to continue my sentiments from the other thread:

i hate this fight. i'd literally rather see rampage be pulled from this card than this fight. neither hamill nor rampage deserve opponents of the opposite's respective calibre.
Best80smovieRAD2011-02-16 11:58:44 +0000 #3
agree with ya arch nemesis

how does hamill go from phil davis to rampage???

how does rampage go from machida to thiago to rashad to matt hamill??

rampage should be pulled from 130 and wait for someone higher and hamill should continue to be training for phil
E51502011-02-16 12:09:37 +0000 #4
Doesn;t Hamil have a movie coming out soon? Maybe they're hoping Rampage will promote it.
split decision2011-02-16 11:36:06 +0000 #5
I see Rampage cleaning up on this one. Not much hope for Matt. But it's not an exciting prospect at all!
bhorrrr2011-02-16 13:22:17 +0000 #6
i could honestly see hamill being on top of rampage for three rounds. that's another thing i hate about this fight. if hamill does manage to pull that off, i still wouldn't view him as a better fighter than rampage, but it would play out that way for in the rankings even if it's just a bad stylistic matchup.

all that being said, rampage will stay 4 feet away from hamill so as to see the shots coming from a mile away and when hamill eventually tries to wade in with punches, rampage will, in all likelihood, destroy him.

also, how come i was taught in school that likelihood dropped the "e" when you added the "lihood", but according to spellcheck and every internet source on earth, apparently, that's wrong. teachers sucl.

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