LAS VEGAS -- Light-heavyweight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson confirmed his elite status by shutting down Matt "The Hammer" Hamill's wrestling game and thoroughly outboxing him on Saturday.
Jackson won a unanimous decision against Hamill in the main event of UFC 130 in Las Vegas. It was the second consecutive win for Jackson, an former champion and No. 4 among light-heavyweights in the USA TODAY/SB Nation consensus rankings.
Hamill suffered his first loss in six fights.
He tried to set up his wrestling with a mix of low kicks and punches, but Jackson saw every takedown shot coming and stuffed them. Hamill went 0-for-16 on takedown attempts.
"I saw it as soon as I got in there with him," Jackson said. " I saw how far he was standing away from me. I could tell he was setting up to take me down. He had some great low leg kicks, and it made me not do exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to throw some buffaloes on him. ... But he's a tough guy, so I couldn't do exactly what I wanted."
In the stand-up action, Jackson mixed up hooks to the body and head effectively, often countering after Hamill left himself open after missing his own punches. The cumulative pounding appeared to tire Hamill, who looked increasingly sluggish as the fight wore on.
As the fight slowed down in the final round, the crowd of more than 12,800 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena booed vociferously.
"Was the fight really that boring?" Jackson asked reporters as he left the arena.
Compustrike counted 57 power strikes for Jackson, compared to four for Hamill. Jackson, who has 14 knockout victories in his career, said he was trying to put Hamill to sleep but praised the latter's durability.
"Nobody's going to knock him out," Jackson said. "He's tough."
An aching hand might have affected Jackson's ability to land a knockout punch. Jackson held up his left hand during the post-fight press conference and described it as originally hurt in December while horsing around with a friend. It was reinjured while throwing a jab in training for the Hamill bout, Jackson said, adding that a doctor told him it was fractured.
Jackson will have his hand re-examined on Tuesday, he said. At the moment, the middle finger is swollen, he said, as he brandished the digit to reporters.
If his hand isn't seriously injured, Jackson will get the next title fight with light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, UFC President Dana White said.
An extended injury rehab for Jackson means either Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida or "Suga" Rashad Evans will be the first challenger for Jones, White added.
• Frank Mir bullied fellow heavyweight Roy "Big Country" Nelson for three rounds to win a unanimous decision in the co-main event.
• "All American" Brian Stann blasted consensus No. 8 middleweight Jorge Santiago with power punches for most of two rounds before stopping him with a technical knockout. It was Santiago's first fight in UFC since 2006. Officials later named the bout Fight of the Night, resulting in $70,000 bonuses for each fighter.
• Rick "Horror" Story won the biggest victory of his career with a unanimous decision over consensus No. 4 welterweight Thiago Alves.
• Also pulling off an upset was rapidly rising bantamweight Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, who earned his second consecutive decision win against a legend of his weight class by beating former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Miguel Torres.
Johnson, who previously defeated Japanese icon Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, cited his stand-up striking and wrestling as the difference. Torres, who stayed busy with submission attempts, but never came close to finishing Johnson.
• Heavyweight Travis Browne knocked out 6-foot-11 Stefan "Skyscraper" Struve with 49 seconds left in the first round. Browne landed a superman punch as Struve leaped forward to throw a knee strike. The result won UFC's Knockout of the Night award, yielding an additional $70,000 for Browne.
During the fight, Struve's habit of attempting knee strikes after breaking away from a clinch became apparent, Browne said. As the bout progresssed, his corner yelled for Browne to watch for the knee strike and have a counterpunch ready, he said.
• Gleison Tibau won the $70,000 Submission of the Night award for his second-round rear-naked choke of Rafaello Oliveira.