The UFC 130 pre-fight press conference at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on May 25, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
SB Nation MMA offers UFC 130 fight card predictions for Quinton Jackson vs. Matt Hamill, Frank Mir vs. Roy Nelson, Stefan Struve vs. Travis Browne, Thiago Alves vs. Rick Story, Brian Stann vs. Jorge Santiago and more.
UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill takes place tomorrow at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight card was marred when the original main event, a lightweight title clash between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard, was scrapped when both competitors were injured. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight non-title affair between former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson and Matt 'The Hammer' Hamill.
There is a main card consisting of five fights that will air on pay-per-view. However, two fights will air an hour before that broadcast on Spike TV. The bouts prior to the Spike TV broadcast will all be available on Facebook.
The entire fight card is predicted below. All main card picks are available in the video. The remainder are written out below.
Preliminary card (on Spike TV):
Miguel Torres vs. Demetrious Johnson
Torres guard is going to be where this fight is likely won or lost. I don't see Johnson doing much scoring on the outside. He's the vastly superior wrestler, but Torres array of submissions from the guard are lethal. Still, we've seen Torres' guard neutralized for long durations. I bet Johnson can do the same. Johnson by decision.
Tough one to call. I can see Grove lighting up Boetsch from a distance and stuffing takedowns along the fence. I can also see Boetsch muscling Grove to the floor and savagly attacking him with ground and pound. I can even see Boetsch winning a gritty clinch fight. Grove has more skills, but his chinniness and Boetsch power make this hard to call. I'll go with Boetsch, but not confidently.
Preliminary card (on Facebook):
Rafaello Oliveira vs. Gleison Tibau
I don't see Tractor having much for the physicality of Tibau. It's possible Tibau could be reckless standing and get caught, but even then, he's experienced against much stiffer competition. He's been put in a number of compromising positions and knows how to work through. Tibau by decision.
Cariaso is talented and a prospect worth monitoring, but of the two McDonald has more ways to win. McDonald by decision.
Barao is making his UFC debut, but he's a killer. Escovdeo is harder to put away than most realize, but Barao is superior almost everywhere. Barao by submission.