If you missed it the other night, check out the “Countdown to UFC 130″ special above. You know, if you’re into that kinda thing. We don’t judge. Freak.
Of course the first 15 minutes focus on the headliners, in which both Matt Hamill and Rampage’s head trainer probably should have subtitles, but only one actually does. It’s funny how they try to paint Hamill as a serious contender, claiming he’s on a 5-fight win streak… yeah, except for when Bones beat the living shit out of him, but I guess a DQ win is still a win on paper. But it’s also funny when Rampage says that if Hendo and Matt Lindland can’t take him down, then Hamill won’t either. They also spend a fair amount of time on basically advertising Matt’s bio-flick, which I’m sure the filmmakers are pretty jazzed about.
Then it’s on to Mir and Nelson, where we see that Big Country has cultivated a mullet almost as large as Mir’s ego. For a much better look at it, check out his ” target=”_blank”>national anthem while they talk about Brian Stann, who warns that it’s a bad idea to fight him on Memorial Day weekend when his patriotic superpowers are fully activated. At the start of the show, they referred to Santiago as the “Strikeforce Grand Prix champion” instead of something far more obvious and relevant… you know, the current Sengoku champ… but they set it straight later. This fight should tell us a lot about whether Santiago has really improved that much since his last UFC stint, or if the competition in Japan is just that bad. He was KO’d by Khalidov in Sengoku, by Belcher and Leben in the UFC, and even by Manny Gamburyan in 21 seconds way back in 2003, so I have to think he’d be best advised to avoid getting into a firefight with the former Marine.
Last up is Rick Story’s story of his hard-luck upbringing, and how he turned around his initially shitty college wrestling career, and later his UFC career after losing his debut. Thiago Alves talks about how he’s improved his weight-cutting, BJJ, and wrestling… the latter of which he’ll definitely need against Story. Out comes some trashtalk (finally!), and Alves says he’s better at everything (except wrestling, right?), while Story calls him a quitter and promises to beat his ass.
Surprisingly, there’s no love at all for Struve and whats-his-name even though they’re up 3rd on the main card. I guess they figured he got enough attention in the “Fantastic 4” movies.
As was done for UFC 129, the entire undercard will be aired via the now-standard Facebook/Spike combo. That’s easier to do this time, what with only 10 fights on the card and no title bouts, but let’s hope this is the new normal. The complete card is like so:
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (31-8) vs. Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (10-2)
Frank Mir (14-5) vs. Roy “Big Country” Nelson (15-5)
Travis “Hapa” Browne (10-0-1) vs. Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve (21-4)
Rick “The Horror” Story (12-3) vs. Thiago “Pitbull” Alves (18-7)
Brian “All-American” Stann (10-3) vs. Jorge “Sandman” Santiago (23-8)
Gleison Tibau (22-7) vs. Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira
Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (11-2) vs. Michael “Mayday” McDonald (12-1)
Renan “Barão” do Nascimento Mota Pegado (25-1) vs. Cole “Apache Kid” Escovedo (17-6)