UFC lightweight Jim Miller catapulted himself back into contention for a belt with an impressive first-round submission victory over Melvin Guillard at UFC on FX 1 in Nashville, Tenn.
The inaugural UFC on FX 1 show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Jan. 20, 2012. is now just a speck in the rear-view mirror.
The action-packed card featured ten exciting mixed martial arts (MMA) fights that really delivered from start to finish.
Eight of the 10 bouts were finished either by (technical) knockout or submission, which should give you some idea of just how fast-paced the action was on this card.
Those weren't the only highlights. Not even close.
After the jump, we'll run through some of the other important moments from UFC on FX 1:In the main event, Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller competed to regain their legitimacy, at least from a perspective of being a top contender in the 155 pound division.
At first, it looked like "The Young Assassin" was going to be able to use his striking and athleticism to punish Miller and make him quit. But, Guillard got cocky. He threw one too many flying knees and left himself exposed for a takedown.
From that point on, it was all downhill for Guillard. The ground game is Miller's world and he proved it by sinking in a deep rear-naked choke, causing Guillard to finally give in and tap.
The win propels Miller back into title contention. The loss sends Guillard back to the drawing board and should hopefully force him to address some areas of concern.
The co-main event saw Duane Ludwig -- the owner of the quickest knockout in Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) history -- taking on Josh Neer in a welterweight battle between a striker and a well-versed Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioner.
The fight started off with a "Bang," as Ludwig delivered some brutal strikes during the initial stand up exchanges. In fact, during one such exchange, Neer lost his mouthpiece and was given a moment to replace it. The respite seemed to fluster Ludwig and give Neer new life.
It wasn't long afterward that Ludwig haphazardly dove headfirst into a guillotine choke by Neer that was tightened so quickly, Ludwig never even got a chance to tap, slipping into unconsciousness as a result of the technically precise submission.
It looks as though Neer's time training with the Diaz brothers may be paying off, after all.
On Friday night, fan favorite Pat Barry found himself placed in the middle of a tough heavyweight showdown versus Christian Morecraft. After losing three of his last four fights (prior to his fight with Morecraft), a win was not a luxury -- it was a necessity.
The 6'6" Morecraft used his size and wrestling to bully Barry for the first minute of the fight. He threw several very dangerous submission attempts at "HD," and even looked very close to finishing him with an armbar.
But, that's not how Barry wanted to go out.
After surviving the attempts, Barry was able to get out of harm's way, back on his feet and to lay enough leather on Morecraft's chin to have him sleeping softly in the middle of the cage before he knew what hit him.
Well before he stepped inside the Octagon this weekend, UFC veteran Jorge Rivera broke the news that he would retire after his fight with Eric Schafer, win or lose.
For a little more than a round, it looked as though "El Conquistador" was going to be exiting the eight-walled cage for the last time as a conquered man.
If Rivera has proven anything in his career, it's that you can't really ever count him out.
In the second round, during a scramble for position, Rivera was able to land a strike that dropped his opponent, seriously wobbled by the punch. It was the beginning of the end from that point, as Rivera pounced on Schafer, raining down punches until the referee finally stepped in to call a stop to the action.
Read a retrospective piece on Jorge Rivera and what he has meant to the sport of MMA here.
With a hearty 80 percent of the scheduled fights never making it to a judges decision, choosing a winner for "Knockout of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" was not an easy decision to make.
So just who did the UFC reward with big checks for their efforts?
Read the list of fight bonus award winners, including "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night," and "Fight of the Night" here.
That's our version of the noteworthy highs and lows of the UFC on FX 1 weekend. Did we miss anything? Let us know with a well-thought out comment!
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