UFC 130 brought fans a night of exciting fights, exciting knockouts and even some controversial victories.  From top to bottom this card did not disappoint, as everybody came to fight and gave fans a night of fights that they won’t soon forget.  In addition to giving the fans a great night of fights, UFC 130 also helped solidify both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions.

The main card of the event started with Brian Stann versus Jorge Santiago.  Santiago was making his return to the UFC after a five year absence and in the mind of many was the favorite in this fight.  However, the American Hero Brian Stann was not going to be out done on this Memorial Day weekend.  Stann came out and immediately took control of the octagon. Stann was able to land punches and leg kicks at will, softening Santiago before he dropped near the end of the first round.  Stann came out in the second round right where he left off in the first.  Stann controlled the octagon and continued to punish Santiago with his stand up, eventually dropping him and jumping on top forcing the referee to stop the fight due to a TKO in the second round.

The second bout of the evening was between Rick Story and Thiago Alves.  Most MMA observers picked Alves to win this fight but Story was determined to prove to the world that he is the real deal.  Story immediately came and pressed the action, putting Alves up against the cage and working for a take down.  Throughout the entire fight Story was able to smother Alves with his superior wrestling skills.  Story was able to control the pace of the fight and he was able to dictate where the fight took place.  Other then one or two punches and a take down that he wasn’t able to do anything with, Alves offered Story very little in this fight.  For three rounds Story was able to smother Alves with his wrestling and earned the decision.

The third fight of the evening was between two of the tallest men in the sport, Stefan Struve and Travis Browne.  Between the two of the them they brought over thirteen feet of fighter to the ring.  Browne came out swinging, attempting to take the fight the Struve.  Struve backed up, weathered the storm and returned to punches.  At first Browne had trouble finding his range against the taller Struve.  For the first three minutes of the fight both fighters exchanged kicks and punches while they were trying to find their range and near the end of round one Browne was able to find his range.  As Struve was moving forward Browne connected with a superman punch that landed flush on Struve’s chin, knocking him unconscious before he hit the ground.  Browne swarmed in immediately hitting Struve two more times before the ref jumped into to stop the fight, giving the victory to Browne.

In the co-main event of the evening two of the best heavyweights in the world, Roy Nelson and Frank Mir, went at it for three rounds.  In one of the better fights of the night, Mir was able to use his superior size and strength to control the heavy handed Nelson.  At the opening bell the fighters met in the center of the ring for a touch of gloves and then Nelson immediately went for a double leg take down pushing Mir across the cage and up against the fence.  Mir was able to stay on his feet and push away.  From there the war began with both fighters throwing punches and working on implementing their game plans.  It was Mir, however, who was able to impose his will. For three rounds Mir was able to out-strike Nelson and use his size and strength to drain the energy from Nelson.  In the second and third rounds Mir had tired Nelson out and was able to takeover the fight.  Mir was able to take Nelson down when he wanted, he was able to press Nelson up against the cage and get the better of the dirty boxing exchanges.  Mir was able to prove that with his new found dedication and his new size and strength he will once again be a contender in the heavyweight division.  Mir won a unanimous decision.

In the main event of the evening, Rampage Jackson faced off against rising star Matt Hamill in a fight that would help shape the future of the division.  Hamill came out quick and shot for a take down but it was easily defended by Rampage and that was really the beginning of the end for Hamill.  Though Rampage was not able to score a knockout finish, he did punish Hamill for three rounds.  Rampage proved to be the better fighter showing superior striking skills and landing his combinations at will.  Hamill offered very little in this fight.  Even though he was a gamer and continued to press the action and continued to attempt to take Rampage down, he was never able to mount any type of offense and the defense that he employed did very little to slow Rampage down.  For three rounds Rampage was able to stuff Hamill’s attempts at a take down and he was able to stand in the pocket and pick Hamill apart.  Hamill never gave up and never backed down, but in the end Rampage’s skills and experience proved to be more then Hamill could handle.  Rampage won this fight by decision earning himself a shot at Jon Jones and his light heavyweight title.

UFC 130 gave fans a night of exciting fights from the prelims to the pay-per-view.  This card offered fans everything from controversial decisions to highlight real knockouts.

Full Results:

MAIN CARD (pay-per-view)

  • Quinton “Rampage” Jackson def. Matt Hamill via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Frank Mir def. Roy Nelson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Travis Browne def. Stefan Struve via knockout (superman punch) – Round 1, 4:11
  • Rick Story def. Thiago Alves via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Brian Stann def. Jorge Santiago via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:29

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike TV)

  • Demetrious Johnson def. Miguel Torres via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Tim Boetsch def. Kendall Grove via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)

  • Gleison Tibau def. Rafaello Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:28
  • Michael McDonald def. Chris Cariaso via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Renan Barao def. Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

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