"Toquinho" dropped Dan Miller twice in the first round with head kicks and tried frantically to finish the American.
There was a moment of confusion after the second head kick as Palhares turned away from referee Herb Dean and began celebrating his victory, even jumping on top of the cage. Just one problem though....
Dean hadn't stopped the fight.
When the fight was resumed, it was Miller who went on the offensive, dropping Palhares and shifting the momentum in the fight, but he couldn't secure a finish either.
Palhares picked up the pace in the second round, hurting Miller badly with huge takedowns and ground and pound, coming dangerously close to stopping the bout on multiple occasions as the referee warned the American to fight back or risk having the bout ended.
By the third round, both men were exhausted and primarily kept the bout standing as Miller worked a jab but he simply couldn't do enough damage to make up for everything he'd taken in the first two rounds.
Palhares may have celebrated early, but he was still rewarded with a victory after the judges ruled in his favor unanimously.
This was a tremendous performance by "Toquinho," showcase serious improvements in his striking game and adding some dynamic kicks to go along with his powerful wrestling and submission game.
For Dan Miller, he's the type of fighter the UFC loves, taking on anyone at any time, anywhere. He won't be punished for taking this fight on short notice but maybe he should think twice before accepted such difficult fights without the proper time to prepare.