The UFC was back on network television tonight with a card surpassing their previous two efforts, at least in terms of total fights if not overall depth. The UFC on FOX 3 lineup featured a trio of tilts featuring top contenders as well as a heavyweight bout between strikers Pat Barry-Lavar Johnson starting the card out on an entertaining note for even the most casual fan with a stand-up war delivering a knockout finish.
The show was headlined by Jim Miller mixing it up with Nate Diaz in hopes of positioning himself within striking distance of the lightweight title, while Josh Koscheck looked to avenge a knockout loss to friend Jon Fitch by taking out the man who flattened him, Johny Hendricks. Dangerous submission specialist Rousimar Palhares also battled it out with Alan Belcher on the FOX broadcast.
Diaz turned in the finest performance of his career at the show, taking Miller out in the second round with a Guillotine Choke and becoming the first person to finish the New Jersey native in the process. The son of Stockton’s striking was crisp throughout, dropping Miller in the opening frame, and ultimately assisted him in setting up the spectacular submission stoppage.
After the win Diaz made sure to give a shout out to Strikeforce title-holder Gilbert Melendez who he labeled as the TRUE world champion.
Koscheck failed in his bid to beat Hendricks, losing a hard-fought Split Decision and exiting the bout with a severely swollen eye-socket. Meanwhile, Belcher put Palhares down after fending off a number of submission attempts and then pounded out a victory on the ground. The win was Belcher’s fourth in a row and positioned him as one of the top threats in the middleweight division.
Read below for a full list of UFC on FOX 3 outcomes:
Karlos Vemola def. Mike Massenzio via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Roland Delorme def. Nick Denis via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Dennis Bermudez def. Pablo Garza via Unanimous Decision
Danny Castillo def. John Cholish via Unanimous Decision
Louis Gaudinot def. John Lineker via Technical Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
John Hathaway def. Pascal Krauss via Unanimous Decision
John Dodson def. Tim Elliott via Unanimous Decision
Michael Johnson def. Tony Ferguson via Unanimous Decision
Lavar Johnson def. Pat Barry via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Alan Belcher def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koscheck via Split Decision
Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller via Submission Round 2 (Guillotine Choke)
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