UFC 130 may not have the marque star power most fans are quickly
becoming accustomed to, but the main card does feature some quality
matchups.

The UFC is undoubtedly going to take a hit in pay-per-view dollars due
to the lack of a title fight. Even before UFC lightweight champion
Frankie Edgar and No. 1 contender Gray Maynard were each forced to
withdraw from the event due to injury, the card had been snake bitten
with multiple late replacements. The burden to sell this event will
now chiefly be shouldered by Quinton Jackson.

The UFC’s ability to put ‘Rampage’ Jackson into a non-compelling main
event against an unspectacular contender speaks volumes about his
ability to draw. His opponent, Matt Hamill, isn’t going to drive
demand quite like Thiago Silva or Rashad Evans could have, but he
should manage as a serviceable test for Jackson. Even if the ill-fated
lightweight title fight were taking place this weekend, Rampage
remains the card’s top seller.

The card is bolstered by a number of great fights, but the matchup to
keep an eye on may be Rick Story vs. Thiago Alves. Story is coming off
a win in which he handed previously undefeated Johny Hendricks his
first career loss. Thiago Alves returns to competition after a fight
many consider his best UFC performance to date. Both men look to move
into contendership with a victory on Saturday night and is a likely
favorite for ‘Fight of the Night.’