Matt Hamill replaces Thiago Silva, faces Rampage Jackson at UFC 130 (Update)Posted on February 11, 2011, 11:35 PM by Joey Santosus
As previously reported, Thiago Silva has been withdrawn from his UFC 130 bout with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and it now appears that TUF 3 alum Matt Hamill will step in to face the former Light Heavyweight Champion.
Sources close to the situation informed Heavy.com of the potential replacement, while Hamill's head coach, Duff Holmes, confirmed with MMAFighting.com that he had, in fact, signed the bout agreement Thursday.
Jackson was originally set to face Silva at the Memorial Day weekend event before the Brazilian was removed from the card. While there is no official word at this time, there is speculation surrounding a secondary test being conducted on his urine sample from UFC 125. With no details from the Nevada State Athletic Commission concerning the results, it appears the UFC has decided to go ahead and call in a replacement for the bout.
Hamill is currently riding a five-fight win streak with an overall record of 9-2 with the promotion. Most recently he defeated his former Ultimate Fighter coach Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision and is the only fighter to claim a victory over current number one contender Jon Jones, who was disqualified after utilizing an illegal elbow strike. Initially, Hamill was scheduled to face fellow rising prospect Phil Davis at UFC 129. That bout, however, has since been removed from the line-up.
UFC 130 is set to take place May 28th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III.
"Rampage" Jackson has since shared his thoughts on the potential match-up, responding via Twitter:
With Jackson reluctant to accept the fight with Hamill, it will be interesting to see how things develop in the coming days. Check back with LowKick.com for more information as it becomes available.
It appears that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has changed his position on facing Matt Hamill at UFC 130 in May. Speaking to Yahoo! Sports, Jackson's manager Anthony McGann explained the new motivation, revealing that it was Hamill who requested the bout, calling out the former champion in hopes of putting himself in the title mix.
"We found out that Matt Hamill actually requested to fight Rampage," said McGann. "His camp pushed hard for it turning down other possible opponents. When Quinton found this out, his opinion rapidly changed on Matt Hamill (...) Those are brave words - So the fight is set for May 28."
"He wants me? Well, he can have me," Jackson added. "I'm gonna knock him into tomorrow."
UFC 130 is set for May 28th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be headlined by Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
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