UFC on FOX 3: Nate Diaz chokes out Jim Miller in the main event

Nate Diaz moved one step closer to a shot at the UFC Lightweight title, thanks to an impressive submission victory over Jim Miller in the main event of UFC on FOX 3.

Diaz translated his height advantage into physical superiority, dominating Jim Miller from the very first seconds of the fight. Big portion of the fight took place at the fence, and that’s exactly where a bigger, and (proved to be) stronger Nate Diaz imposed his will.

Cesar Gracie product’s stand up skills proved to be too much for Jim Miller, who was unable to execute his gameplan. Miller did his best to fight back as a counter striker, but it was all Nate Diaz at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Round 2 saw Nate Diaz going into full offensive, with intentions to finish Jim Miller decisively. Diaz locked in a tight guillotine choke, then rolled over to a mounted guillotine, which immediately forced Jim Miller to tap out for the first time in his Mixed Martial Arts career.

Nate Diaz is now on a three-fight winning streak, with sights on getting his first shot at the UFC gold after 16 fights inside the Octagon. Diaz’s MMA record now stands at 16-7.

Speaking post-fight on FOX, UFC President Dana White stated that Nate Diaz could fight the former WEC 155lbs champ, Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, for the #1 contender spot in the UFC Lightweight division. In his last bout, Pettis impressively knocked out Joe Lauzon back at UFC 144, and is currently on a collision course with Nate Diaz.


16 Comments

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    cranestyle

    May 6, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Miller is a tough SOB, so big props to Diaz.

    Honestly, who would you rather watch Henderson defend the title against……Diaz or Edgar?

    I’d match Frankie with Cerrone and let Diaz and Bendo go at it.

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    Mike Perryman

    May 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

    I agree. Nate is on a hot streak right about now! But the Pettis fight had me going too. Nate is proving hard to beat. Congrats go out to Mr Diaz.

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    sambo

    May 6, 2012 at 7:04 am

    Diaz just did what Henderson couldn’t.
    Edgar is already booked for the rematch so Diaz should get the winner.
    It would be cool to see diaz fight someone like Pettis while he is waiting.

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    hondata79

    May 6, 2012 at 7:20 am

    NO…. Dana just said Diaz is waiting for a crack at the belt !

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    Entity

    May 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

    lol, ok Where is Evan? Nate dominated and made it look too easy.You get a Stockton bich slap for that one. Going against Golden Bibi and me.

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    Entity

    May 6, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Matter of fact most of you get a bich slap!

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    Entity

    May 6, 2012 at 8:09 am

    This is the Quote from Dana “Should Diaz win, Diaz is definitely getting a title shot.” …..unless Dana turns and shows his other face like he does at times.
    I dont see how Nate couldnt get it.

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    mmagym

    May 6, 2012 at 8:14 am

    WELL IMPRESSIVE!
    was not sure if he was ready for title shot but i am now

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    smeac

    May 6, 2012 at 8:37 am

    he should fight pettis the same night bendo vs edgar…a year plus of waiting is just not smart…ask rashad….I mean if he is the true #1 for the title, then he shouldn’t have a problem fighting anybody in the lw division…could be good confidence builder since pettis IS the last guy to beat the champ….

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    ripstic5021

    May 6, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I hope everyone of you lost money on Nate. I can’t believe all the staff picked miller. Nate Diaz has been on another level after being man handled by rory macdonald. He gets better every fight. I told all of you not to pick miller. Nate is easily inline for a title shot after this impressive victory. Love or hate Nasty Nate you have to respect him. So **** you to all the doubters. The days of lay and pray hump fests are over.

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    jamo

    May 6, 2012 at 9:03 am

    nate felt invincible against the tough miller. he’s been fighting at a very high level for a long time now and for me is one of the most exciting fighters in the sport today. never a dull moment when the diaz brothers are on the screen.

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    KeithFarrell

    May 6, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I’d rather watch Frankie as their first fight was AMAZING and give Diaz the winner.

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    KeithFarrell

    May 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Diaz looked amazing lately but I wasn’t sure he could keep it up against a guy as good as Miller. I’m sure now. Miller is easily one of the toughest guys in the UFC, Nate dropped and subbed him within two rounds.

    Diaz has showed he has some of the best boxing in the UFC and is probably the top BJJ guy in the division.

    Diaz is a serious threat to whoever is holding the crown and I’m looking forward to him challenging for it, most likely against the winner of Bendo Edgar.

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    PukeVomit

    May 6, 2012 at 11:40 am

    im not so interested in edgar vs. henderson II. i think it will be the same outcome.

    to avoid such a long break to his next fight (winner of edgar vs. henderson), it makes more sense to fight pettis first and cement his status as the no. 1 contender.

    go diaz!

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    Entity

    May 7, 2012 at 3:38 am

    If you didnt chew well, and puked it up real fast, would it still be vomit or just puked food?

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    Evan Holober

    May 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    WHere’s Evan? What about the entire staff. Re-read my prediction, especially the end.

    If a guy decides to fight to the other person’s strengths it will look bad. Especially, if a wrestler decides he is a counter striker against a Diaz brother.

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