UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill and Alves vs. Story Announced

February 19, 2011

Matt Hamill vs Quinton Rampage Jackson - UFC 130

Matt Hamill vs Quinton Rampage Jackson

The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday continued to round out the UFC 130: Edgar vs. Maynard 3 fight card for May 28 in Las Vegas.

UFC 130 is already slated to feature a third fight between current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, and heavyweight battles pitting former champ Frank Mir against “Ultimate Fighter Season 10” winner Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve versus Travis Browne.

An ever-evolving bout with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson seems to have finally settled on Matt Hamill as his opposition. A rumored welterweight contest between Thiago Alves and Rick Story was also announced.

Jackson was originally slated to face Thiago Silva at UFC 130, but his drug test for UFC 125 is still pending with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Promotion officials decided to shuffle the deck while waiting for a resolution to Silva’s situation. It was speculated that Rashad Evans, who recently dropped out of a title fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, might be slotted for a rematch with Jackson, but the UFC appears to be soured on the abundance of rematches recently.

Story has been on fire recently, winning five straight bouts since dropping his Octagon debut to John Hathaway in 2009. Alves will be his toughest test to date. A victory over the Top 10 ranked welterweight would propel Story’s career to new heights, immediately putting him into the title mix.

Alves dropped back-to-back bouts to Georges St-Pierre and Jon Fitch, and was highly criticized for missing weight on a couple of occasions. He got his weight under control with the help of trainer Mike Dolce, bouncing back with a win over John Howard at UFC 124.

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