Quinton Jackson promised to make Matt Hamill pay for his pre-fight comments at UFC 130 on Saturday. Unfortunately for “Rampage,” he was unable to finish his opponent and had to settle for an easy unanimous decision instead.
“I expected him to try to take me down,” Jackson said. “I had him rocked there, but I couldn’t capitalize. I wanted to get a knock out for the fans, but I also wanted to make sure I got the win. I wanted to dominate him for saying he was going to break my will. I think I put on a good performance and was ready for him trying to take me down.”
Hamill’s failure to take Jackson down wasn’t for a lack of effort. He was simply outgunned from the jump.
“I was a little shocked by Rampage’s hips and his ability to defend the takedown,” Hamill said. “I wanted to bait him in so that I could secure the double leg. He defended well and was strong just like we expected. Hats off to Rampage. He fought a really smart fight.”
It seemed as though the former contestant on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ was too conscious of Jackson’s power, which made him reluctant to engage anywhere within range of “Rampage’s” bombs.
Jackson’s task was made even more difficult when he told UFC color commentator Joe Rogan about having a fractured left hand heading into the fight.
The former light heavyweight champ knew he had a lot on the line at UFC 130 and needed a win. Mission accomplished.
Next up? Reigning 205-pound king Jon Jones – barring any injury hiccups, of course.