UFC 130: Matt Hamill vs 'Rampage' Jackson official for May 28 in Las Vegas


Sorry, Thiago Silva.

Matt Hamill vs. Quinton Jackson is now all set for UFC 130 on May 28 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The promotion made the bout official earlier today.

Hamill was previously slated to square off against Phil Davis before being pulled to replace the previously mentioned Silva. It worked out okay for "Mr. Wonderful," as he will now headline UFC Fight Night 24 against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Although Hamill's 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."

Jackson has been on a roller coaster (at least in the media) as of late. He accepted a fight against 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 Nevada State Athletic Commission brought word that he would need a new opponent and rumors were quick to fly that he would rematch Evans.


Now 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.

Also on the card will be a couple of heavyweight slugfests when Roy Nelson slings some heavy leather against Frank Mir and Stefan Struve continues his climb up the 265-pound ladder against Travis Browne.

Stay tuned to MMAMania.com for any updates as they become available.

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