The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns home this Saturday for UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill, after being on the road for nearly four months. Back in the cozy confines of the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC 130 offers a solid card even though it’s been riddled with injuries up and down the card.
The biggest loss to the card was the main event and lightweight title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. Both fighters suffered injuries, including a back injury to the champion Frankie Edgar that forced the bout to be postponed. The withdrawal shock up the fight card causing three fights to be bumped up on the card.
Entering the main event slot was the light heavyweight fight between former UFC champ Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Hamill. While not as flashy as a third fight of an epic trilogy and title fight, it’s also not a horrible fight and should be very entertaining. Both fighters are coming off big wins and will be looking to prove they are for real in the 205 lbs. division (Hamill) or ready for anything title run (Rampage).
With a bout off the main card the very intriguing welterweight match up between Thiago Alves and Rick Story was promoted from the Spike TV preliminary card to its rightful place on the main card. This fight has the making to be an epic fight of the night contest with a lot riding on it. Finally replacing the previous mentioned fight on Spike TV will be the Ultimate Fighter winner Kendall Grove taking on Tim Boetsch in his middleweight debut.
UFC 130 has been criticized for it lack of “big fights” and numerous injuries, but this card offers up some intriguing matchups and potential slugfest’s. Let’s also not forget that fans will be once again any to watch every fight on the card on Facebook, Spike TV and PPV.
UFC 130 Predictions: Below you’ll see my picks for the entire card, think you can do better? Well let’s see what you can do! Leave you’re predictions in the comments section and see what you can do.
205 lbs.: Matt Hamill vs. Quinton Jackson – Quinton Jackson
Main Card (Pay-per-view):
265 lbs.: Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson – Roy Nelson
265 lbs.: Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve – Stefan Struve
185 lbs.: Jorge Santiago vs. Brian Stann – Jorge Santiago
170 lbs.: Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story – Rick Story
Preliminary Card (Spike TV):
185 lbs.: Tim Boetsch vs. Kendall Grove – Kendall Grove
135 lbs.: Demetrious Johnson vs. Miguel Torres – Miguel Torres
Preliminary Card (May not be broadcast):
155 lbs.: Gleison Tibau vs. Rafaello Oliveira – Gleison Tibau
135 lbs.: Chris Cariaso vs. Michael McDonald – Michael McDonald
135 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Cole Escovedo – Renan Barao