UFC on Fox 3 took place tonight live from East Rutherford, New Jersey. The action-packed card culminated in an impressive performance by Nate Diaz as he became the first person to ever finish Jim Miller. In other action, Johny Hendricks edged Josh Koscheck in a hard-fought affair, while Lavar Johnson and Alan Belcher both picked up impressive finishes as well.
Diaz Submits Miller
Nate Diaz made Jim Miller look like a newcomer in their fight tonight. Miller tried his best to control range and use his legkicks but Diaz proved too much for the New Jersey fighter.
In the second, Diaz rocked Miller with a stiff punch that sent Miller into a desperation shot that Diaz quickly took advantage of. Diaz initially landed an ugly guillotine choke but was able to readjust his hands and transitioned into a powerful arm-in guillotine that forced Miller to tap for the first time in his career.
Hendricks Edges Koschek
Johny Hendricks advanced early and often in his fight with Josh Koschek as he threw power lefts that were effective through out the fight. Koschek more than kept it close however by landing power shots when Hendricks advanced that wobbled the former Oklahoma State wrestler in the first round after an accidental eye-poke.
Hendricks also used takedowns to cause trouble for Koschek. While Hendricks was unable to keep Koschek down long either time, he used the opportunity to throw heavy knees into Koschek’s thighs.
The third round ended as the most definitive round of the fight, as Josh Koschek was finally able to score a takedown. While Kos was constantly looking to advance and do damage, Hendricks effectively used the lockdown position that kept the Edinboro product from doing too much damage before the round ended.
Belcher Impresses Against Palhares
While many fighters brag about being fearless, Alan Belcher personified it tonight as he willingly went to the ground against the dangerous Rousimar Palhares and came away with the win.
Belcher expertly countered a powerful single leg takedown by throwing in a leg and using a calf slicer to secure twister back control. Belcher looked for a twister and banana split but Palhares defended well and transitioned to kneebar/heel hook position. Belcher did an amazing job of defending against the leglock wizard, and was able to scramble into Palhares’s guard.
From there, the fight was basically over once Palhares lost wrist control and Belcher put him away with devastating ground and pound.
Johnson Blasts Barry
Lavar Johnson appeared to be in trouble early when Pat Barry secured a reversal and had a strong americana wrist lock on Johnson. Barry was unable to finish the armlock and that proved fatal for Barry.
The much larger Lavar Johnson powered up to his feet and hammered Barry against the fence. Barry tried his best to cover up and survive but a nasty knee followed by a powerful uppercut to hook combination sent Barry to the floor in an awkward position.
- Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:09 of Round 2
- Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koschek via split decision (29-28,28-29,29-28)
- Alan Belcher def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO (strikes) at 4:18 of Round 1
- Lavar Johnson def. Pat Barry via TKO (strikes) at 4:38 of round 1
- 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 (30-27,30-27,29-28)
- Louis Gaudinot def. John Lineker via technical submission (guillotine choke) at 4:54 of round 2
- Danny Castillo def. John Cholish via unanimous decision (30-37,30-27,30-27)
- Dennis Bermudez def. Pablo Garza via unanimous decision (30-27,30-27,30-27)
- Roland Delorme def. Nick Denis via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of round 1
- Karlos Vemola def. Mike Massenzio via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:07 of round 2