Jim Miller outlasted Joe Lauzon in a bloody affair, earning the unanimous decision in their co-main event at UFC 155 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Miller and Lauzon delighted the crowd, but it was Miller who was favored in the judges’ eyes with scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28.
“[He’s] one of the toughest fighters in the world,” Miller said of Lauzon following the win.
Miller worked his striking, busting open his opponent’s face and forcing the doctors to check to see if he can continue. After an okay from the doctor, the fight resumed and Miller continued the onslaught to win the round.
The second round had Miller shooting in and getting the take down. From guard, Miller worked his way into half guard, but Lauzon reversed position. Now in Miller’s guard, Lauzon bled and worked to score points before a scramble to the feet near the end of the round.
Lauzon began to capitalize as Miller looked more tired in the third round. He nearly sank an ankle lock, as well as a front choke just before the fight time expired, and the crowd cheered on the fighters with one of the more entertaining fights of the card.
With the win, Miller gets back on the winning track after dropping his last outing to Nate Diaz. Lauzon drops back in the losing side of things after submitting Jamie Varner in his last fight.
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