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Y U NO FINISH, RAMPAGE?

As expected, Matt Hamill was nowhere near the league of Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson tonight, and Rampage walked through him for a unanimous decision. It took Matt all of half a round before he started dropping his hands and standing flatfooted in front of Rampage practically inviting a knockout.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t in the cards – even though it was clear after the first round that Hamill’s takedowns weren’t anywhere near good enough to get Rampage down and his striking was generally harmless, Jackson never turned it up enough to pressure a finish. Instead we got prolonged periods of fight where Rampage just kinda circled around Hamill, doing nothing. Hamill ended up being more the aggressor, even though he was getting chewed up in the process.

At least Quinton had an excuse: he says he came into the fight with a fractured hand, which would understandably make a knockout slightly more difficult. I guess that makes his performance more understandable, but it’s hard to forget that 10 minutes of seething frustration and anger watching the lion circle the wounded gazelle, not going in for the kill.

Rampage might get a title shot by default because really, who else is there other than Machida right now? If that’s the case, he’ll be lucky. He certainly doesn’t deserve one based on this fight. He got served a sweet knockout win on a silver platter and couldn’t get it done.

7 COMMENTS
  • Blackula Jonez says:

    What a bum that Rampage is, Hamill is the biggest sissy at 205.

     

    Even Bones made him look silly…oh wait Jons only defeat came becuase Hamill is very difficult to put away.

     

    I hope mma fans never hold themselves to the standards they expect out of fighters.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    well mma fans for the most part are not being paid to perform so we can hold fighters to a higher level

  • fishead says:

    Jon’s only defeat came because he hit Hamill with illegal elbows *AFTER* a throw that caused the injury that ended the fight… the DQ loss had nothing to do with Hamill being ‘very difficult to put away’…

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    the DQ loss had nothing to do with Hamill being ‘very difficult to put away’…

    Shhhh!  Don’t interrupt him while he’s on his high horse!

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    C’mon he stuffed every takedown, boxed him up and did the most important thing in sports: He Won.

     

    The fight may have been a boring one sided affair but the current culture of blaming the winner when the guy who is losing is only sticking around due to grit and toughness and is offering little to no offense, why not blame the guy whose only tool to win is his ability to survive damage?

     

     

  • G Funk says:

    DJ! Someone brought the funny!

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    From TFA:

    It took Matt all of half a round before he started dropping his hands and standing flatfooted in front of Rampage practically inviting a knockout.

    Rampage left Juanito far too early.  He either doesn’t have the footwork or dedication to the game anymore.  He could have cut off the cage and finished the fight or gotten a stoppage.  The drama of a fighter even attempting to defeat his opponent is the crux of this sport’s appeal to the masses.  Kinda sorta hoping he gives you an opening or walks into traffic … not so much. 

    Create those angles, man.

    Plus no one gives a shit about Hamill but Hamill’s publicist.  He didn’t get paid a quarter million either.

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