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Rampage Hamill Betting – Motivated Jackson Dispatches Of Hamill In Las Vegas

Posted by Jack “The Hammer” Howard on 5/17/2011 5:50:20 PM
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Sports betting players should be familiar with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, a former champion in multiple MMA promotions, including the UFC, but he hasn’t looked great since trying to get a movie career off the ground. Jackson is out to prove he can still be a factor in the light-heavyweight division at UFC 130, where he takes on Matt Hamill, who will be game, but eventually Jackson will wear him down.

  • What: UFC Betting
  • When: Saturday, May 28th, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV
  • Pick: Quinton Jackson

Why Bet On Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (31-8)

The man they call “Rampage” is looking to move back up the ranks of the 205-pound division, of which he is a former champion. Jackson is coming off a split-decision win over another former champion, Lyoto Machida, back in November, and even though he wasn’t at his best, Jackson was the aggressor in the fight and that landed him the victory, albeit controversially. When he was at the top of his game, Jackson was one of the top middleweights on the planet as a star in PRIDE, and then he moved up to light heavyweight once he arrived in the UFC. He has fought a violent trilogy against Wanderlei Silva that has spanned both promotions, and he has a pair of wins over Chuck Liddell at 185 and 205 pounds. Jackson is one of the strongest men in the UFC, using his background in wrestling to control his opponents, but more and more, he was known for his striking power and when he got in trouble, Jackson was one of the most dangerous brawlers in the game.

However, UFC betting players have seen Jackson go downhill as he took almost 15 months off to film “The A Team”, and he looked incredibly rusty in a loss to Rashad Evans. He also was fortunate to earn the victory over Machida, and now many are wondering just how motivated Jackson is to return to the top of the light-heavyweight division, currently dominated by Jon Jones. When “Rampage” is motivated, he should be feared, but we haven’t seen that version of Jackson for two years now.

Why Bet On Matt “The Hammer” Hamill (10-2)

Hamill is on a five-fight winning streak after beating Tito Ortiz back in October, and while he gets a lot of attention for being the only deaf fighter in the UFC, he’s not a novelty act; “The Hammer” has skills. He’s a championship-winning wrestler in the NCAA Division-III, and he battled his way through the third season of the “Ultimate Fighter”, where he was coached by Ortiz. Hamill is becoming more well-rounded as he has worked up to a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which is one level above Jackson’s blue belt, and he has definitely improved his striking since coming into the UFC. This is his big chance to show he can battle with the best of the 205-pound division, although he’s had others as he lost a controversial split-decision against Michael Bisping in 2007 in England, Bisping’s native country, and he was felled by a liver kick from Rich Franklin in 2008. Hamill is also the only man to give Jones a loss, although it was due to a disqualification for illegal elbows used by the champ, who was dominating the fight. Still, UFC betting players shouldn’t put too much stock in that as we’ve seen Jones roll to the top of the division with little resistance.

The biggest worry for Hamill is that he’s never headlined a UFC event before, as he stepped in for Thiago Silva, who failed a drug test. Jackson has far more experience in big events, so Hamill has to keep his nerves at bay in order to give “Rampage” a good fight. He’s not as strong as Jackson, so Hamill has to figure out a way to use his leverage to gain an advantage, particularly on the mat, and even though he has improved his striking, Hamill’s best bet is to take this fight to the mat and control the fight. It would be nice if he has learned to submit opponents, which is something that Hamill has never done.

How The Fight Will Play Out

Jackson is a big -280 UFC betting favorite in this clash, while Hamill is rated at +220, and this is probably due to his experience. Jackson should have plenty of motivation as many think he’s well past his prime at 32 years old (he’ll be 33 in June), and he should want to prove those doubters wrong. Hamill will prove to be a tough opponent, but if Jackson comes into this fight in shape and ready to go, he should have minimal problems defeating Hamill, who always puts in a good effort, but his ceiling is that of a Keith Jardine, which means he’ll be a mid-pack fighter in a loaded light-heavyweight division. Go with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in your online betting picks.

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