100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Brian Stann - 93.7
2. Travis Browne - 92.8
3. Gleison Tibau - 91.9
4. Frank Mir - 91.9
5. Rick Story - 91.5
6. Miguel Torres - 91.0
7. Quinton Jackson - 90.8
8. Renan Barao - 90.5
9. Tim Boetsch - 90.4
10. Stefan Struve - 90.2
UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
-Fight of the Night-
Travis Browne vs. Stefan Struve
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 91.5
TOTAL 90.5
     This was interesting, since it's Renan Barao's UFC debut, and he eventually becomes one of the most feared fighters in the UFC. With that being said, this entire fight basically consisted of Barao taking Escovedo to the ground, over and over again. There wasn't a lot of damage dealt from either guy, but Renan Barao clearly won the fight. He had a few flying knee & spin kick attacks that were kind of cool, but for the most part, this was sort of a slow 15 minutes.
      This fight was ok. Both guys showed similar quality skills, both standing and on the ground. I thought McDonald looked to have better wrestling, Cariaso had better submission attempts. When it came to striking, I liked the way McDonald was countering, and staying busy. In the end, I gave the first two rounds to McDonald, and the last round to Cariaso, and two of the judges agreed, giving the victory to Michael McDonald, via split-decision.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
      This was a pretty solid performance for Gleison Tibau, but Oliveira didn't really do much of anything impressive (other than defend himself for a round and a half). Gleison Tibau was winning the standing exchanges, he took Oliveira down at will, while on the ground he controlled him, and eventually in the second round, Tibau knocked Oliveira a bit loopy, and followed that up with a rear-naked choke, which forced Oliveira to tapout. Great fight for Gleison Tibau.
      This fight was ok. Tim Boetsch basically spent the entire fight taking Grove to the ground, and controlling him against the cage. There was one throw in the third round that was highlight reel worthy. Other than that, it was kind of a slow paced grinding fight. Grove went for a few triangle chokes, but he never got anywhere near locking anything on. So yeah, Tim Boetsch makes his 185 debut, and looks pretty strong, but I think he needs to be a little more explosive in his future fights, to really make any decent progress up the ladder towards a title.
      I don't know what the fuck just happened. I personally gave all 3 rounds to Miguel Torres, I thought his Jiu-Jitsu really looked good in this fight, he went for a ton of submissions, and was able to sweep Demetrious several times when they were on the ground. Both guys looked pretty good, and Demetrious stayed pretty active, but I'm not really sure how he won this fight, 29-28 on all 3 judges scorecards? Oh well...
      Brian Stann is pretty legit. I didn't really have Jorge Santiago ranked very highly yet, since I mostly focus on UFC fights at this point, and he hasn't fought in the UFC since 2006, but I had Brian Stann JUST on the cusp of entering the Top 10 List at 185, and with 3 wins in a row in the UFC, Brian Stann is on his way up for sure. The first round was a pretty good boxing match, with Stann clearly getting the better of most of the exchanges. The second round was basically more of the same, but it ended when Stann knocked Santiago to the ground, and then punched his face like a jackhammer, until the referee stopped the fight. Good showing by Brian Stann, against a guy that has built a solid reputation outside of the UFC.
      This was a good fight for the most part. Both guys came forward a lot, Rick Story landing the better strikes, and controlling the majority of the grappling game. Thiago Alves is hard to put away, but Rick Story gave it a shot, especially during the last 10 seconds or so, where both guys starting swinging wildly, trying to finish the fight. In the end, I gave the fight to Rick Story (all 3 rounds), the judges gave it to him as well, 29-28 (I can see MAYBE giving the final round to Alves?) But yeah, good fight by both guys. Kind of weird that the crowd was booing after the decision was announced, I'm not sure what that was all about.
      Going into this fight, I had Stefan Struve creeping closer and closer to a title shot, but Travis Browne basically came out of nowhere, and knocked Struve the fuck out. Both guys showed solid leg kicks, and at one point, Struve looked like he was going to be able to secure an anaconda choke, but when Browne escaped that, it was all downhill for the skyscraper. Browne landed this gigantic punch, and Struve collapsed, CRUMBLING to the floor in dramatic fashion. Travis Browne is pretty badass.
      This fight was actually pretty surprising by how one sided it was. Roy Nelson is a legit heavyweight, but he just looks super fat. Frank Mir is a legit heavyweight, and he looked like he was in pretty good shape here. He was able to knee the fuck out of Nelson's face all 3 rounds, he was able to take him to the ground at will (including a HUGE Judo throw in the first round), he controlled him on the ground, and overall, Mir just won all 3 rounds, hands down. Great fight for Mir, and I'm not sure where Nelson's head was at here.
      I don't think I'm EVER going to get excited to watch a Matt Hamill fight, especially as a main event, what the fuck is he doing in the main event slot? The only way I'd ever want to see that, is if Jon Jones is getting his revenge for getting fucked out of his undefeated career, by beating Hamill's ass too badly. Anyway, back to this fight... Rampage beat up Hamill all 3 rounds basically, so yeah, he wins via unanimous decision.