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LAS VEGAS -- Quinton Jackson ended up fighting Matt Hamill for 15 minutes at UFC 130 on Saturday, but things were over well before that.As early as the very first round, it was apparent Hamill wasn't in the same class as the former UFC light heavyweight champion. Jackson stuffed every one of the wrestler's takedown attempts with no problems and dominated the action on his feet. When it became clear Jackson had the fight in the bag, the Las Vegas crowd of 12,816 started looking for something more definitive than just a win -- they wanted a finish. Instead, they got what many immediately referred to as a "lackluster main event." Jackson hurt Hamill several times, but never seemed close to ending the fight. The crowd voiced its displeasure afterward, booing loudly as Jackson was announced the winner. Despite publicly saying how badly he wanted a knockout, Jackson's KO-less streak continued, dating back to a win over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 92 on Dec. 27, 2008. The result begged an obvious question: Why isn't Rampage knocking people out anymore? To hear him tell it, Jackson says the main reason is opponents aren't in the Octagon to fight him these days. They're there to take him down. "I don't like the way I'm fighting now," Jackson said. "Everybody is trying to take me down and I can't go out there and keep fighting the same way of rushing guys. "The first time I sparred in this training camp, I brought in some great wrestlers and rushed forward and they were taking me down. I thought, 'What am I doing? I have to sit back and counterpunch, defend the takedown.' When people are just wanting to take you down, you have to do things another way." On Saturday, Jackson (32-8) said it took less than a minute for him to realize what Hamill's game plan was. It looked similar to the one Rashad Evans used one year ago to decision Jackson at UFC 114.
|Despite landing his fair share of punches, Quinton Jackson never came close to stopping Matt Hamill.|
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