Hamill: This is my chance to prove I belong in the top 5

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

Jackson has balked at having to fight Matt Hamill (10-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) instead of Thiago Silva, then promised to knock Hamill out, then said Hamill has lit a fire under his behind. You could probably tack some pop psychology onto the stages Jackson has gone through in coming to terms with the booking.

"The Hammer" certainly has, and he doesn't blame Jackson for his initial reluctance.

"I don't blame Rampage for thinking that way," Hamill told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today during a conference call in support of his fight with Jackson, which takes place next Saturday at UFC 130 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. "I'm only ranked 17th in the world right now, and I think Rampage should be thinking about fighting the top five guys in the world.

"But the opportunity came up for [me] to face him, and [I] feel that I can beat him. I just want to thank Rampage for giving me the opportunity."

It was an opportunity that was heavily lobbied for by Hamill's trainer, Duff Holmes, after Silva's run-in with the Nevada State Athletic Commission got him scratched from the card this past February.

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Dogman site profile image  

5/21/11 7:12 AM by Dogman

Hamill comes out takes Page down many times wins the fight. Page whines cause Hamill won't stand and wang with him. I think we have seen this story before.

easedel site profile image  

5/21/11 5:51 AM by easedel

Talk about lazy, dude is just laying there taking a snooze while the other guys do all the work

Fake Rassler site profile image  

5/20/11 3:33 PM by Fake Rassler

He beat Tito worse than Rashad, Forrest and Machida did and Mousasi couldn't even beat Jardine - lol

BrianStannFan site profile image  

5/20/11 3:22 PM by BrianStannFan

 ^^ "I'm a fighter, I was just doing my job!" So were they:

BrianStannFan site profile image  

5/20/11 3:20 PM by BrianStannFan

 What kind of Christian does this to a deaf child of God?

jimbobyeaboy site profile image  

5/20/11 3:10 PM by jimbobyeaboy

He may be underrated in the last three years but really who did he beat? A washed up Tito Ortiz and Keith Jardine. Sorry but those wins don't make you a top 5 fighter.

RhiNost site profile image  

5/20/11 2:36 PM by RhiNost

Clinch clinch, hug hug, wait out 3 rounds. yea its over no one cares.Rampage.. lol no one cares anymorehammil.. Nice kid, but whaaa ?

RIPLEY site profile image  

5/20/11 2:26 PM by RIPLEY

Hammill beat Jones the same way a rape victim beat her rapist in court by having him punished for a violent assault. Hamill got his shit pushed in in one of the worst ways I have seen in MMA.