‘Rampage’-Hamill official for UFC 130

By Sergio Non, USA Today

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has officially lined up former titleholder Quinton “Rampage” Jackson‘s next bout for its Memorial Day weekend show.

UFC 130’s official website now includes Jackson against Matt “The Hammer” Hamill for the May 28 event in Las Vegas. A welterweight bout between Rick “Horror” Story and Thiago Alves has also been added the card, which will be headlined by the rubber match between lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar and Gray “The Bully” Maynard.

Jackson originally was slated to face Thiago Silva at UFC 130. But one of Silva’s urine samples from his Jan. 1 fight in Las Vegas with Brandon Vera tested positive for a banned substance, and the Nevada Athletic Commission is still waiting for test results for the second sample.

Promoters offered a title fight on short notice to Jackson in March against light-heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, after original challenger “Sugar” Rashad Evans suffered a sprained knee ligament in training. Jackson declined, saying that he did not have enough time to properly prepare for Rua, who dominated him in 2005.

 

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