UFC 159 kicked off with a lightweight scrap at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The bout featured New Jersey-native Jim Miller taking on Pat Healy in a match up lightweights looking for a big break. In the end, Pat Healy would pull out a submission victory over the hometown fighter.
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Healy Ruins Miller’s Homecoming
Strikeforce veteran Pat Healy went nearly seven years between Octagon appearances when he took on hometown fighter Jim Miller. Healy made it clear early on that his game plan was to use his size advantage to keep Miller on the canvas early and often. Miller was able to control the stand-up but struggled to deal with the size of Healy on the ground.
In the end, Healy would secure a takedown in the third round and immediately moved Miller into a deep half guard. With Miller trapped, Healy used great ground-and-pound to force Miller to expose his neck. Healy quickly pounced and forced the referee to intervene when he choked out the hometown fighter.
Rd. 1- Miller with a combo to start the action. Healy is moving his feet like he is looking for a takedown. Brutal legkick by Miller followed by a straight left. Blistering strike by Miller. Big leg kick by Miller again and an elbow in the collar tie. Gorgeous legsweep by Miller. Healy rotates his hips to attempt an arm bar/kimura, but Miller wisely defends. Omaplata attempt by Healy is defended. Miller gets to a backmount crucifix and has a deep armbar attack working. Healy is defending well and works out. Knee in the clinch by Healy as they exit the clinch. Right by Healy as he secures a takedown with 1:15 left. Healy with hard strikes as Miller rolled for a leglock. Miller stands and throw by Healy returns him to the mat but Miller reverses. Healy tries an armbar but Miller defends and lands huge shots as the round ends. Ton of damage to Healy’s eye. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Miller.
Rd. 2- Healy eats a kick to the body as he shoots a takedown. Trip by Healy but Miller immediately works back up. Good elbow on the clinch exit by Healy. Miller seizes control of a clinch against the cage and he lands a big elbow but Healy goes for a takedown and lands it. Deep half guard by Miller but he works back to full guard. GNP by Healy is getting through here. Miller is trying to work up and he’s eating shots here and Healy takes his back. Healy with a RNC attempt but Miller defends. Miller sweeps out of Healy’s mount and is defending a takedown. Miller digs for a Japanese necktie but Healy defends. Round ends with a knee to the groin by Healy. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Healy (19-19).
Rd. 3- Big right by Miller briefly staggers Healy and he nearly has a takedown but gives it up. Huge legkick by Miller. Big strike by Healy and he lands a lowblow but it’s not called. Healy with a takedown now and has a deep half guard now. Healy is dropping strikes now with 2:00 left. Back side mount by Healy now and he now sinks in a hook. Rear-naked choke by Healy and Miller goes unconscious.
Pat Healy def. Jim Miller via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:02 of Round 3
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