ufc 130

On the left of this picture is Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who stands at 5’ 3’’, and fights in the Bantamweight division of the UFC.

On the right of this picture is Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve, who stands at 6’ 11’’ and fights in the heavyweight division of the UFC.

Both these guys are entirely different in loads of ways, but they are both world class fighters in what I think is the greatest sport in the world, where ANYONE can be a fighter as long as they have the skill and perseverance to push through. Not many other sports can claim that.

UFC 130 Salaries

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson: $250,000 (no win bonus)
def. Matt Hamill: $32,000

Frank Mir: $250,000 (includes $125,000 win bonus)
def. Roy Nelson: $15,000

Travis Browne: $86,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus, $70,000 Knockout of the Night bonus)
def. Stefan Struve: $21,000

Rick Story: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Thiago Alves: $33,000

Brian Stann: $116,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus, $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)
def. Jorge Santiago: $106,000 (includes $70,000 Fight of the Night bonus)

Demetrious Johnson: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Miguel Torres: $30,000

Tim Boetsch: $36,000 (includes $18,000 win bonus)
def. Kendall Grove: $28,000

Gleison Tibau: $120,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus, $70,000 Submission of the Night Bonus)
def. Rafaello Oliveira: $10,000

Michael McDonald: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Cariaso: $4,000

Renan Barao: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus)
def. Cole Escovedo: $6,000

Reaction: UFC 130

So … that happened.  UFC 130 was a pretty tough card to start the whole prognosticating gig on.  For one, the main event was fairly tough to figure.  While the fight itself was somewhat lackluster and extremely one-sided, it seemed like the best case scenario for Rampage.  To me, Hamill looked psyched out from the opening bell on.  His takedown attempts were telegraphed and everything he attempted to do was initiated from way outside.  He was clearly warned by his camp about standing and trading in close with Rampage … but his solution of not fighting offensively at all is never a particularly effective strategy in the UFC, especially against the top contenders.  Before the fight, I thought Hamill was going to go a bit more all out.  However, once Rampage easily shook off “The Hammer’s” first takedown shot, Hamill looked like a terrified ghost of himself for the rest of the fight.  It seemed that the only thing standing between Rampage and a knockout victory was a fractured hand and an opponent whose main goal was simply to avoid being knocked out.  Oh well.  At least I got the pick correct.

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Which fighter impressed you more at UFC 130?
It was a great night of fights, and despite the booing that happened during the main event (which I felt was unnecessary) – it turned out well. Who caught your eye during UFC 130 – with a stacked card, some fighters definitely stood out to me. 

Picks for UFC 130.

Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamil

Jackson via Unanimous Decision.

This fight will probably be boring since Hamil will just try to out-wrestle Jackson. Kind of a repeat from Jackson’s previous bout with Rashad Evans.

Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson

Roy Nelson via Unan. Decision.

I’m actually hoping Big Country will be able to pull through (since I really really really really hate Frank Mir after our meeting, and he decided to act like a d-bag.). This will most likely be either a grappling match in which Nelson would be able to sustain from being submitted and maintain good position. Or it could lead to a match where Nelson will out-box Mir, unless Mir uses any reckless knees or kicks to the head.

Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne

Stefan Struve via KO.

Stefan Struve will probably have either a gruesome turn around match with Browne or either go on as a repeat like in Browne’s last match with Cheick Kongo.

Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story

Thiago Alves via Unan. Decision.

Although I would like to see Rick Story win, I could possibly doubt he would be able to have the skills to handle a Welterweight contender like Alves.

Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago

Brian Stann via Split Decision.

There is some hype in this bout for Stann, after his win on Leben, and Santiago’s return, this match may seem to be a stalemate due to Brian Stann trying to avoid Santiago’s ground game and Santiago trying to avoid Stann’s boxing. But who knows.