Seconds after snapping out of his bulldog mentality for the fight and minutes before putting on his jokester persona for the post-fight press conference, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson shared a revealing moment at UFC 130.
As Jackson walked out of the octagon following a unanimous decision but unexciting victory over Matt Hamill, he had a question for the reporters sitting in the front of press row.
The crowd Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena saved their biggest applause for the UFC 130 co-main event between Frank Mir and Roy Nelson. Reversely, the loudest boos were reserved for the main event pitting Rampage Jackson against Matt Hamill.
UFC President Dana White’s reaction was the opposite. Although White had mostly positive things to say about Jackson’s unanimous decision victory after the fight card, he didn’t have any complimentary words for an equally dominant Mir.
Brian Stann delivered one of the most impressive performances Saturday during UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The middleweight recorded a second-round TKO victory against Jorge Santiago, flooring the Brazilian with a solid right-hand and immediately applying pressure on the ground with several blows to the face until the fight was stopped. It was one of the Fight’s of the Night, earning Stann a $70,000 bonus.
Don't write off all the MMA veterans just yet.
In a year that has seen upcoming newer stars prevail over the most experienced fighters on numerous occasions — Jon Jones over Shogun Rua, Phil Davis over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Lyoto Machida over Randy Couture to name a few — two familiar headliners capped off UFC 130 at MGM Grand Garden Arena with victories.
Asked what edges Roy Nelson held over him in his final press conference before fighting in Saturday’s UFC 130 co-main event, Frank Mir paused and thought for a while before giving up.
He couldn’t think of one area where he felt Nelson was better. Mir won’t be able to say Nelson has a size advantage either.
Mir and Nelson, who are both Las Vegas natives, each weighed in at 260 pounds Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The heavyweight limit is 265 pounds.
Twelve-year old Christian Buserini is waiting impatiently, and no one can blame him.
His hero, Matt Hamill, is a few feet away in a conference room outside of the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Hamill, a UFC light heavyweight who faces Rampage Jackson in the UFC 130 main event Saturday, has agreed to meet Buserini as soon as he finishes his media obligations.
As recently as two years ago, sports book directors didn’t know what to make of the UFC.
The promotion hailed mixed martial arts as the fastest growing sport in the world, but the public wasn’t stepping up to Las Vegas betting windows enough to match the hype. According to oddsmakers throughout the city, that has changed.
A lot of things about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s mixed martial arts career defy ordinary thought.
He became a star in the sport by putting on electrifying performances in PRIDE despite maintaining a diet that consisted almost exclusively of fast food and not training as hard as he was capable of. Jackson has beaten some of the top names in the UFC in recent years, but only after admitting to a lack of motivation.
Dana White holds his customary "fireside chat" with the media after the UFC 130 press conference at the MGM Grand. Among the topics White touched on Wednesday were the recent decision against Chael Sonnen by the California State Athletic Comission, Nick Diaz's chances of coming to the UFC from Strikeforce and the landscape of the light heavyweight division.
Sometimes in the UFC, winning isn’t enough.
It’s a lesson Frank Mir learned the hard way after a victory over Mirko Cro Cop last September. Mir won via third-round knockout, but his performance was criticized more than heralded after the fight was seemingly in a lull for a full 14 minutes.
Count Roy Nelson as one of the least surprised people to hear about Brock Lesnar having to miss his scheduled fight against Junior dos Santos at UFC 131.
Although Nelson didn’t expect a re-emergence of diverticulitis to force the cancelation — and wished Lesnar the best in recovery — he predicted Shane Carwin would ultimately fight in the place of Lesnar months ago. Nelson even shared the prophecy with UFC 130 opponent Frank Mir.
UFC heavyweight Frank Mir used to cool off from grueling morning workouts by sharing what he called “drawn out conversations” with another one of the division’s top fighters, Roy Nelson.
Mir and Nelson, two Las Vegas natives, both spend some of their training camps working out in a private UFC gym. They usually were there at the same time until recently.
Although Mir and Nelson would break off and train in separate parts of the facility, they would never avoid each other and liked to interact when possible.
“We’re cool with each other is the expression I would use,” Mir said. “We have always gotten along. I like his outlook on things.”
As the two most accomplished heavyweight mixed martial artists in Las Vegas, Frank Mir and Roy Nelson have always gotten along. But they'll set their friendship aside this weekend when they meet in the co-main event of UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Jorge Santiago recently rattled off a list of things he missed about the UFC since leaving the mixed martial arts promotion four years ago. He included the fans, the attention and the opportunity to fight alongside the world’s best.
Most of all, Santiago said, he missed the pure energy of the events. Santiago, who spent the last three years fighting in Japan, realized how much he wanted to return to the UFC every time he went to one of its fight cards to watch a friend or training partner.
The UFC received approval from the Nevada State Athletic Commission to equip judges scoring its mixed martial arts fights with a 7-inch LCD monitor to assist in evaluating the action when their sight is hindered.
Las Vegas’ next UFC card, UFC 130 scheduled for Saturday May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, lost its Main Event fight Monday.
UFC announced via its website that the lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard has been cancelled. Both the champion Edgar and the challenger Maynard suffered injuries during their respective training camps.
A full breakdown of the UFC 130 fight card is provided along with betting odds and predictions. Las Vegas Sun's Case Keefer, ESPN Radio's Steve Cofield, ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto and KSNV's Kevin West pick every fight on the card.
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