Take a closer look at UFC 130 through Tracy Lee's lens, with views of the Frank Mir and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's wins, Demetrious Johnson's controversial win, Travis Browne's knockout and more.Read More »from Mir, Rampage and more: Exclusive pictures from UFC 130
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Mon, May 30, 2011 22:32 BST
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Mon, May 30, 2011 16:55 BST
"Borderline embarrassing" were the words Dana White used to describe the Frank Mir-Roy Nelson fight at UFC 130. That was just moments after he watched a pair of 260-pounders lock horns and fight in closed space for most of the 15 minutes. Mir won the brawl via unanimous decision, 30-27, 30-2 and 30-26, but it didn't win over everyone in attendance.
"It was a sloppy heavyweight fight," White said. "I'm not happy about the performance from either one of them. I thought it was borderline embarrassing."
It was the second straight fight where White expressed disappointment in Mir's performance.
AtRead More »from Was Mir’s performance lousy? White changes his tune
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sun, May 29, 2011 06:19 BST
- Travis Browne, Gleison Tibau, Brian Stann and Jorge Santiago all received $70,000 postfight bonuses. Browne got Knockout of the Night and Tibau's rear-naked choke of Rafaello Oliveira got him Submission of the Night. Stann and Santiago were honored for Fight of the night.
- UFC 130 produced a lot of injuries. Frank Mir beat Roy Nelson easily on the scorecards, but may have suffered a broken his jaw for his efforts. Struve, Oliveira and Michael McDonald all went to the hospital as well. Stann showed up for the presser even though he suffered a broken thumb.
- The injury news of nightRead More »from UFC 130 postfight: Bonuses, injuries, TUF 14 news, and SEAL Team 6 was at event
In the main event at UFC 130, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson won a unanimous decision over Matt Hamill with a fight that showed off his defensive prowess and drew boos from the crowd at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. After the fight, Jackson said he was fighting with an injured hand.
Jackson stuffed a takedown attempt early in the first round, setting the tone for the rest of the bout. Hamill used snapping leg kicks throughout the first round, as Jackson punished with strikes every time Hamill came in close. In the last 30 seconds of the round, Jackson teed off, pushing Hamill against the cage andRead More »from Jackson takes main event in a decision at UFC 130
LAS VEGAS - Frank Mir did all he could to finish Roy Nelson, but "Big Country" refused to go out. Unfortunately Nelson's heart can't make up for his lack of conditioning and he was mauled in a one-sided fight against the former UFC heavyweight champ. In a physical, long fight Mir posted a unanimous decision victory, 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26, over Nelson in the co-main event of UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Arena.
Mir (15-5, 13-5 UFC) won his second straight fight, but probably didn't do enough to move himself back in the title chase. By playing the role of punching bag and possessing solid defensiveRead More »from UFC 130 battle of the beef: Mir carves up Nelson
Travis Browne easily won the battle of super tall heavyweights, knocking out Stefan Struve at 4:11 in the first round at UFC 130 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Both fighters wanted to show off their kicks early in the round, as they exchanged, sometimes simultaneously, leg kick after leg kick. Struve was in control for much of the round, even slapping on a few submission attempts on Browne. But after Brown popped out of a choke and the fight returned to their feet, he took advantage of the standing position. In the final minute of the round, Browne threw a perfect Superman punch. Struve's headRead More »from Browne scores highlight-reel KO at UFC 130
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sun, May 29, 2011 03:12 BST
storyLAS VEGAS - The UFC has a new contender to put in line for Georges St-Pierre. There's nothing fancy about Rick Story, but he's tough as nails and throws everything with nasty intent. Story stood toe-to-toe with one of the most feared muay thai practitioners in the division and posted a unanimous decision victory, 29-28 on all three cards, at UFC 130 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Alves (23-6, 10-5 UFC) is a massive 170-pounder and anyone who can wrestle generally tries to take him down. Story, a former college wrestler, mixed in a few takedowns, but his gameplan revolved around closing spaceRead More »from UFC 130 surprise: Story brawls with Alves and comes out on top
- Steve Cofield | Cagewriter – Sun, May 29, 2011 02:39 BST
LAS VEGAS - Brian Stann dealt with an emotional spot beautifully in the opening fight of the UFC 130 pay-per-view. The Marine, fighting on Memorial Day weekend, took out an elite middleweight in Jorge Santiago, by showing off a versatile, powerful stand up attack. Stann floored Santiago with a right hook and landed five more shots on the ground before referee Herb Dean saved the Brazilian at 4:29 of the second round.
"It means so much to win today," Stann said, who received a Silver Star back in 2006 for his heroic efforts in Iraq. "There are people who aren't here anymore. They are theRead More »from Stann scores another spectacular finish by blasting Santiago at UFC 130
JohnsonWIN1LAS VEGAS - Demetrious Johnson continues to clash with bigger fighters in the bantamweight class and take them down with his non-stop approach. The 5-foot-3 Johnson made former WEC champ Miguel Torres his latest victim. Torres found himself on his back too often and lost a unanimous decision, 29-28 on all three cards.
Torres (39-4, 1-1 UFC) did a good job of moving and try to pick apart Johnson in the first, but became way too stationary in the final rounds.
Johnson (10-1, 2-0 UFC) scored multiple takedowns in the second and third. Torres worked for submissions, but more often than not MMARead More »from Johnson pulls mild upset on Torres at UFC 130
- Maggie Hendricks | Cagewriter – Sun, May 29, 2011 01:30 BST
In his first fight at middleweight, Tim Boetsch put on an impressive performance, beating Kendall Grove in a unanimous decision30-27 on all three judges cards.
Boetsch, a division one wrestler at Lock Haven, used his wrestling skills in the first round to take Grove down and then smother him with ground and pound in the first round. Grove had a hard time generating offense. He tried for an arm bar, but Boetsch shook it off easily.
In the second round, Boetsch stuck with the same script, continually taking Grove down and then controlling his every move. Grove could get to his feet at times,Read More »from Boetsch dominates his way to UFC 130 win over Grove