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"UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller" Main Card Results And Recap | Diaz First Man To Stop Miller


Tonight’s UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller card has just reached its conclusion.

In the main event both Jim Miller and Nate Diaz put on an exciting bout but in the end it was Diaz who proved to be too much for Miller and he was able to secure a submission victory after 2 rounds of action.

Having just bested his opponent Nate Diaz makes a strong case for title contention and has put the rest of the UFC’s lightweight division on notice.

After a full 12-bout fight card the UFC’s third trip to network television was a stellar showing and finally delivered the action to the FOX audience that many longtime followers have been clamoring for since the inception of the broadcast deal.

Check out our play-by-play recap followed by results below:

Pat Barry vs. Lavar Johnson:
This fight opens as expected, big strong fast punches and kicks from both sides. Lavar puts Barry in trouble early but Pat weathers the storm, shoots for a takedown that gets stuffed but after a scramble Pat gets top position, transitions to mount, transitions to side control and grabs a kimura. The submission attempt was close, he had Lavar cringing in pain but Johnson did not tap and Barry gave it up. With one minute left Lavar worked his way back up and the two slugged away but Lavar’s power was just too much to handle. Against the cage Barry stood dormant while Lavar just pounded away until Barry dropped and the ref stepped in and stopped the fight.

Lavar Johnson def. Pat Barry via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:38

Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares:
After a brief feeling out period Palhares takes Belcher down before even one punch is landed. Belcher defends well and attempts a twister submission but Palhares is too slick. Eventually after a scramble Palhares gets a hold of Belchers leg, but Alan defends well and with two minutes left survives the attack. He scrambles through it all and winds up on top (Belcher that is). From guard Alan lands big elbows to the Brazilians face, he unleashes ground and pound with aggressive strength in brutal fashion and the ref stops the bout.

Alan Belcher def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO (ground and pound) – Round 1, 4:18

Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck:
The two wrestlers open up the fight throwing bombs, but Koscheck is finding a home for his big right hand and put Johny in trouble early. Hendricks weathers the storm and with three minutes left works his way into a takedown but Josh pops back up almost instantly. As expected this fight has turned into a kickboxing match and its definitely favoring Koscheck at the end of the first round.

In the second Hendricks gets real aggressive with big punches but doesn’t land many, he shoots for a double that Koscheck stuffed and after the scramble Kos ended up on the back of Johny until the two stood up. Hendricks again shoots in for the takedown and gets it, but cannot do anything with it. Kos is able to get back up but Hendricks won’t lay off and clinches against the cage until the ref separates them. They engage on the feet until the round comes to a conclusion. It was close but that round, at least in my opinion went to Hendricks which should tie this fight up, one-round each.

In the final frame the two are bombs away yet again, this time about a minute in its Kos who shoots for a takedown, backs Johny up against the cage and they clinch until the ref stops them. They both head to the center and slug it out trading blow for blow just like the flyweights earlier in the night. Midway through the frame Hendricks goes to the clinch again, but the ref has no patience for the stall and separates them again. Three minutes in and after absorbing a big knee to the face Kos takes Hendricks down and worked towards passing the guard however Hendricks will have none of it, regardless Kos is grinding him down from top position and taking the round.

Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koscheck via split-decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)

Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller:
These two wasted no time getting it on. Jim opened up with a nasty leg kick and seems determined not to let Diaz settle in and get off. He shot early for a takedown but had to settle for clinching Nate against the cage. Midway through the two reset in the center of the cage and start the boxing game. Neither really as the edge in the round at the two minute mark. With 45 seconds left in the frame Nate landed a straight left that dropped miller nearly flat on his face. He followed Jim to the ground and the two scrambled, trading positions until the bell rang.

In the second the two came out swinging but Nate initiated the clinch repeatedly over the first 1.5 minutes of the round, and did it successfully by pushing Jim against the cage. At this point Miller is starting to bleed from his nose or mouth, hard to tell. Nate is going nuts with the taunts, Miller shoots in for a takedown Nate grabs his throat, he didn’t have it at first, but he readjusts, lands the one arm guillotine to stop Jim and take the win.

Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller via submission (guillotine) – Round 2, 4:09


MAIN CARD:
(FOX)
Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller via submission (guillotine) – Round 2, 4:09
Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koscheck via split-decision (29-28,29-28,29-28)
Alan Belcher def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO (ground and pound) – Round 1, 4:18
Lavar Johnson def. Pat Barry via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:38

PRELIMINARY CARD:
(FUEL TV)
Michael Johnson def. Tony Ferguson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
John Dodson def. Tim Elliott via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Hathaway def. Pascal Krauss via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Louis Gaudinot def. John Lineker via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 4:54
Danny Castillo def. John Cholish via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dennis Bermudez def. Pablo Garza via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD: (Facebook)
Roland Delorme def. Nick Denis via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 4:59
Karlos Vemola def. Mike Massenzio via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 1:07

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