The main event of the UFC on FOX 3: "Diaz vs. Miller" event that took place tonight (Sat., May 5, 2012) at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, featured a lightweight title eliminator bout pitting Nate Diaz against Jersey native Jim Miller.
Diaz, who has won both of his fights impressively since returning to the 155-pound division, is on the cusp of fighting for the division title if he can defeat Miller, a wrecking ball who had only ever lost to division champions and perennial contender Gray Maynard.
Maybe Diaz didn't earn a title shot thanks to the logjam at the top of the division but perhaps Anthony Pettis will have a hell of a fight awaiting him when he returns from surgery.
That's because the Stockton slugger used the Brazilian jiu-jitsu game he's been known to flash every now and again to submit Miller in the second round with a super slick guillotine.
Overall, this was one hell of an evening for the UFC on FOX and the main event delivered.
Right away, Miller started working leg kicks. Diaz, a strong boxer, didn't like this and clinched up fairly quick. They killed close to two minutes hanging out on the fence with neither fighter getting the better of the other.
Once they reset, Miller went back to the kicks. And they were working well. Diaz's long arms started coming into play, however, as the Stockton slugger settled into a rhythm and landed a few solid shots.
Unfortunately, the clinch game dominated the opening frame, and Diaz was dominant there. He was outlanding Miller 33-13 in the clinch at one point.
Finally, Diaz landed a nice straight left that dropped Miller. He attempted a submission but Miller turned it over and took Diaz's back before he swept Miller and ended the round landing a knee on the way back up to their feet.
Whew. Hell of a flurry to close out the opening round.
The second stanza played out much like the first. Miller had to negate the reach advantage of his opponent, so he was forced to get inside, which would lead to tie ups and stalemates against the fence. It didn't make for the most exciting action but you can't blame these guys for doing the right thing at the right time.
Miller finally started to loosen up and went for a flying knee. He missed -- and ate a few shots for his effort -- but his hometown crowd showered him with cheers for his reckless abandon.
After another clinch, Diaz got confident and started taunting Miller by throwing lazy front kicks. Miller looked terribly tired and and shot forward with a lazy shot. The result was Diaz locking in a guillotine that was tight enough to get the tap.
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