The Five Key Questions Heading to UFC 130
With UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill fast approaching, Fighting Insider answers five interesting questions relevant to the upcoming event.
The UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill is less than two weeks away, and there are surely plenty of criticisms about the forthcoming event’s fight card. With the lightweight title rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard scrapped from the tournament, UFC 130 doesn’t really have a significant main-event fight worthy of a headline. But most of the times, those deemed as uninteresting roster ends up as the most incredible card full of exciting style match-ups.
So here are five key questions heading into UFC 130: Rampage vs Hamill.
1. What lies ahead for Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson?
The Rampage Jackson vs Matt Hamill match-up is not the headliner fans are enthusiastic about. However, it is a stylistic and competitive match. When on his game, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson can a be a difficult challenge for any fighter of the light heavyweight division. But following his uninspiring performance against Rashad Evans in May 2010, people are questioning Rampage Jackson’s current mindset. However, the fighter insists that his planned retirement and movie pursuit won’t affect the outcome of his fight against Matt Hamill on UFC 130.
2. Can Frank Mir overcome Roy Nelson?
Frank Mir may be the odd makers’ favorite, but Roy Nelson is an extremely dangerous match-up for him. The former often struggles against better wrestlers with good submission defenses despite his exceptional BJJ skills. If Frank Mir cannot submit Roy Nelson, he could be in for a tough night.
3. Can Rick Story upset Thiago Alves?
There were a lot of talks about Thiago Alves’ weight issues in the past, especially when it comes to his dreadful UFC 117 rematch against Jon Fitch — a bout that he didn’t even make weight for. And his upcoming fight against Rick Story poses a resemblance of his UFC 117 bout. Rick Story was a standout wrestler at Southern Oregon University. If he can use his boxing skills to disguise his takedowns, he has a solid chance of giving Thiago Alves a distress. Can Thiago Alves’ cardio diet hold up against three rounds of persistent submission attempts?
4. How will Jorge Santiago’s second UFC run go?
The inclusion of Sengoku middleweight champion, Jorge Santiago, to the UFC roster is a huge one, as he could emerge as a new title contender in the division. During his first run in the UFC, Jorge Santiago garnered a 1-2 record. And on his return, he will meet a stiff test with former US Marine — Brian Stann. It will be interesting to see if Jorge Santiago’s time away from the Octagon can help him to be the next UFC middleweight title contender.
5. Can Miguel Torres make his way back into title contention?
Miguel Torres’ bout against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 130 has a tremendous setback potential. Despite the former’s exceptional Muay Thai and BJJ skills, the latter presents some problems in the wrestling department. But albeit Demetrious Johnson is considered as a strong wrestler with one of the most explosive shots in the MMA, Miguel Torres still has significant advantages. He is taller, and with technical superiority in almost every area of striking department. And in case Miguel Torres gets pass through Demetrious Johnson, he could be a win or two away from a bantamweight title contention.