UFC 130: Superman Returns!

Posted: May 29, 2011 by ksteets in MMA, Sports
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Last night the UFC kicked off the first night of it’s 3 week extravaganza (Next Saturday we get the Ultimate Fighter finale on Spike TV and the week after we get UFC 131 live from Vancouver). Originally slated to be headlined by Edgar vs Maynard but due to injuries both fighters had to pull out. That left us with the card being headlined by Quentin “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill. Also featured was a heavyweight fight between Frank Mir and Roy Nelson, former Marine Brian Stann taking on Jorge Santiago, fast rising star Rick Story taking on former contender Thiago Alves and Travis Browne versus giant Stefan Struve.

Before we jump into the main card we’ll highlight the preliminary matches. Three fights were streamed live on UFC’s Facebook page. In bantamweight action Renan Barao grinded out a unanimous decision over Cole Escovedo (30-27, 30-27, 29-28). Another bantamweight fight saw phenom Michael McDonald vs Chris Cariaso push each other to a 3 round split decision in McDonald’s favor (29-28, 29-28, 27-30). The final Facebook fight was the only submission of the night as lightweight Gleison Tibau gets Rafaello Oliveira to tap at 3:28 of the second round due to a rear naked choke. Since that was the only tap of the night Tibau walked away with a little bonus for submission of the night.

The next set of preliminary fights were broadcast live on Spike TV and saw Tim Boetsch (12-4) make his debut at middleweight by man-handling TUF season 3 winner Kendall Grove (14-8) and earning a unanimous 30-27 win. In more bantamweight action we got former WEC champ Miguel Angel Torres (38-3) loosing by unanimous decision (29-28) to Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson (13-1).

Onto our main card, the first fight of the PPV features Jorge Santiago (23-8) in his first UFC fight since 2006 taking on former WEC champ Brian Stann (10-3). Stann is coming off a KO of Chris Leban and Santiago is coming in on an 11-1 run. The first round saw Stann do what he does best a hammer Santiago with shots. He did drop him with a left hook and continued to punish him on the ground but Santiago held on to push it to a second round. Two rounds would be all Stann needed as towards the end of the round he nails Santiago with a right and pounces on him with 5 or 6 more shots before Herb Dean calls the fight. Stann wins by TKO at 4:29 of the second round. Stann and Santiago would earn the Fight of the Night bonus.

The next fight is welterweight action between Thiago Alves (23-6) and Rick “The Horror” Story (12-3). The first round started with Story punishing Alves in the clinch with a string on knees to the thighs. Story remained dominate in the first two rounds pushing his opponent against the fence while Alves seemed to play more defense. Alves came back in the third pushing more of the action but it wasn’t enough as Story wins the unanimous decision (29-28).

In the first of our heavyweight fights we see 6’11” Stefan Struve (25-4) take on 6’7″ Travis Browne (10-0-1). Early in Browne was having trouble finding his target but both fighters seemed to be happy to be kicking and kneeing each other. But after a short scramble on the ground with the fighters back on their feet Browne makes the highlight reel with a superman punch that sends Struve to bed before he een hits the ground. Browne follows up with 2 more punches just to be sure but the fight s over. Browne wins by KO at 4″11.

Guess what Stefan? Here's the knockout of the night!

Our second heavyweight fight will prove to be less exciting and features two-time champ Frank Mir (14-5) taking on Roy “Big Country” Nelson (16-5). The first round saw the most action as both fighters still had energy but was dominated by Mir who showed the crowd that he loves his knees as he must have landed at least a dozen of them on Nelson. In the second conditioning started taking its toll as both men started huffing and puffing but Nelson was worse off and it really showed. Mir himself didn’t seem to have enough energy to really put Nelson away at any point. By the third it was sort of sad and you just wanted the fight to end. Mir gets the unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

Our main event starts and Matt Hamill (11-2) enters the ring to “Can You Hear Me Knockin” which is funny because he’s deaf. Rampage (31-8) comes out to his traditional DMX ballad. Hamill asked for this fight and in pre-fight interviews was advising he was going to “break Rampage’s will”. It seemed like the exact opposite as right off the bat Quentin was able to stuff any takedown attempt that Hamill made and punished him with his striking. By the second round Hamill’s takedown attempts looked awful but he did manage to hang in there for all three rounds. Jackson gets the unanimous decision (30-27) and says in his post fight interview says he’ll be buying drinks at Planet Hollywood as long a you’re a beautiful woman with DD’s.  The man knows how to celebrate.

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