Even with the loss of the Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III match-up due to synchronized injuries, the UFC 130 card is stacked full of fights that people will enjoy. Make no mistake, the loss of the draw of a title match, not to mention a highly anticipated rematch that promises to be the continuation of the all-out war that these guys fought last time, can tarnish the luster of the event. Hopefully, casual fans will look past the missing title fight and take inventory of the remaining fight card. There are some fights and fighters that will likely bring some excitement to the night.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Matt Hamill is a match-up of polar opposites. Not in fighting style, but personal style. Rampage is loud and brash, Hamill is quiet and humble. When the cage closes, that no longer matters. Both are strong guys at 205 and bring great wrestling to the table. Hamill has yet to earn the badge of knockout artist, but he can wear a guy down with his conditioning and finish opponents with a flurry of action. Jackson has the one punch potential, so this could possibly be a short night for Hamill.
Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson is a fight that makes me smile. The potential for Roy to sit atop the cage and rub his belly like a crystal ball is enough for me to tune in. Nelson is as tough to take out of a fight as anyone in the division. Mir is as unpredictable as anyone in the division. If Mir shows up to fight, this could be a fun one to watch.
Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne is should be sponsored by every “big and tall” men’s clothing store in Las Vegas. At 6′ 11″ and 6′ 7″ respectively, these two will be breathing a lower oxygen content than the rest of the fighters. Struve either knocks his opponent out or get’s knocked out. I like those kinds of fights.
Brian Stann, Thiago Alves, Miguel Torres, Kendall Grove, and Bart Palaszewski are all fighters that bring something electric to the cage. They come not only to fight, but to dominate their opponents and finish fights.
All in all, the card should be really entertaining. Hopefully fans won’t be having to hear about what they missed at the water cooler on Monday morning.