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UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill

  • Frank Mir catches Roy Nelson with a knee during their bout at UFC 130 Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mir won by decision.

    Dana White unhappy with Frank Mir and Roy Nelson after UFC 130

    May 29, 2011

    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 flexes during the UFC 130 weigh-in Friday, May 27, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Veteran Brian Stann continues his rise in the UFC, pays respect to fallen heroes on Memorial Day weekend

    May 29, 2011

    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.

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    UFC 130

  • Frank Mir catches Roy Nelson with a knee during their bout at UFC 130 Saturday, May 28, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mir won by decision.

    Rampage and Mir prove best days aren’t behind them

    May 28, 2011

    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.

  • Frank Mir, left, and Roy Nelson face off during the UFC 130 weigh-in Friday, May 27, 2011 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    UFC 130 weigh-in: Frank Mir, Roy Nelson both come in 5 pounds below the limit

    May 27, 2011

    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.

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    UFC 130 Weigh-In

  • Christian Buserini smiles at his hero, light heavyweight fighter Matt Hamill, after Hamill gave him signed t-shirts and gloves during open workouts for UFC 130 Thursday, May 26, 2011. Both Christian and Hamill were born deaf.

    Matt Hamill securing place among most influential deaf athletes

    May 27, 2011

    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.

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    UFC 130 Workouts

  • Frank Mir talks with grappling coach Ricky Lundell as he gets his hands taped during open workouts for UFC 130 Thursday, May 26, 2011.

    UFC packing more significant punch at Las Vegas sports books

    May 27, 2011

    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.

  • Quinton Jackson, left, and Matt Hamill face off during a news conference in advance of UFC 130 Wednesday, May 25, 2011.

    Never a dull moment with UFC 130’s Rampage Jackson

    May 26, 2011

    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.

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    UFC 130 News Conference

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    Dana White Fireside Chat UFC 130

    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.

  • Frank Mir spars with coach Jimmy "Giff" Gifford as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Roy Nelson at UFC 130 Thursday, May 19, 2011.

    Frank Mir ready to put last fight behind him at UFC 130

    May 25, 2011

    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.

  • Roy Nelson talks with Jose Salgado as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Frank Mir at UFC 130 Thursday, May 19, 2011.

    Roy Nelson: ‘The Nostradamus of MMA’

    May 24, 2011

    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.

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    Roy Nelson's prediction comes true

    Roy Nelson and Frank Mir, who meet at UFC 130 Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena, reminisce on an eerie conversation they shared about the UFC heavyweight division in January.

  • Frank Mir smiles during a work out as he prepares for an upcoming fight Thursday, May 19, 2011.

    Las Vegas heavyweight superiority up for grabs in UFC 130 co-main event

    May 23, 2011

    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.”

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    UFC 130 - Mir Workout

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    Mir vs. Nelson

    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.

  • Brian Stann takes questions from the media during an open workout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Jorge Santiago will challenge Stann at UFC 130 in his return to the octagon.

    Jorge Santiago makes UFC comeback against Brian Stann next weekend

    May 20, 2011

    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.

  • Monitors approved for judges to use while scoring UFC fights in Nevada

    Monitors approved for judges to use while scoring UFC fights

    May 20, 2011

    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.

  • Frank Edgar (L) faces off with Gray Maynard during the weigh in for UFC 125 Friday, December 31, 2010 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

    Title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard off at UFC 130

    May 9, 2011

    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.