UFC On FOX: Diaz Vs. Miller Coverage

The UFC returns to free TV this Saturday night as the UFC hots a card on FOX. Four fights are scheduled for the main card.

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Matches To Make After UFC On FOX 3

1. Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis: I understand that UFC President Dana White said that Diaz has earned a title shot and will wait for the winner of Henderson/Edgar 2. However, that fight has not even been scheduled yet, so Diaz would have to wait at least eight months and maybe more. Pettis/Diaz would be a great No. 1 contender match between two of the top strikers in the lightweight division. Pettis is 2-0 since his loss to Clay Guida in June of 2011 including a highlight reel headkick KO of Joe Lauzon. Diaz proved his is one of the best strikers in the lightweight division with his destruction of Jim Miller. A fight between Pettis and Diaz would decide the true No. 1 contender in the lightweight division.


2. Johny Hendricks vs. Winner of Kampmann/Ellenberger: Hendricks is another fighter with the case of the waits, as after his spilt decision victory over Josh Koscheck, Hendricks said he is willing to wait for the winner of the title fight between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit. GSP and Condit will probably not fight until November, meaning Hendricks could be out for 11 months. Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann meet inside the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 1st. I believe that Hendricks should meet the winner that bout in a true contender fight. Ellenberger has won six straight UFC fights since his lost to Carlos Condit in September of 2009. This includes victories over Jake Shields and Diego Sanchez. Kampman is coming off a submission victory over Thiago Alves in March. All three men have impressive resumes and the winner of Kampmann/Ellenberger should meet Hendricks to decide who is the next welterweight contender.

3. Alan Belcher vs. Loser of Munoz/Weidman: Belcher surprised a lot of people with his first round TKO victory over Rousimar Palhares at UFC on FOX 3. Belcher is on a four-fight winning streak since his loss at UFC 100 to Yoshihrio Akiyama. Belcher came out and said he is ready for a title shot, not so fast my friend. Right now, Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman face of on July 11th in a No. 1 contender bout in the middleweight division. The winner of that fight will get the shot at the middleweight champion, the loser should get Belcher. Belcher is a savvy UFC veteran with nine UFC victories. Belcher proved in his last two fights that he deserves to be in the conversation at 185-pounds, a victory over another contender would get him very close to a title shot.

4. Lavar Johnson vs. Winner of Nelson/Herman: I believe Johnson will get matched up with one of the heavyweights fighting on UFC 146. Johnson has been very impressive in his two UFC fights, two victories and two "Knockout of the Night" awards. Nelson started off his UFC career with two straight wins, and then he ran into Junior Dos Santos. Nelson has big fight experience and has a big enough name to vault Johnson into title contention if Johnson were to beat Neslon. One thing if for sure, Johnson is a rising UFC heavyweight.
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UFC On FOX 3: Results And Bonuses

Nate Diaz became the first man to finish Jim Miller, as Diaz submitted Miller in the second round of their lightweight fight. The bout served as the main event for UFC on FOX 3 which took place from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford NJ on Saturday night.

In the first round, both men used their entire striking skills as the fight stayed on the feet for most of the round. Both men did good work inside the clinch, and with punches and kicks. Diaz landed over 30 strikes on Miller in the clinch and dropped Miller with a left-hand with just over 40 seconds go to in the first round. The two men scrambled on the ground for the remainder of round.

Diaz began taunting Miller midway through the second round, while he continued to dominate Miller in the clinch, bloodying the lightweight contender. With just over a minute to go in the second round, Diaz got Miller to the ground and locked in a guillotine choke. The official time of the stoppage came at 4:09 of the second round.

In the co-main event of the evening, Johny Hendricks defeated Josh Koscheck by a thin split decision. Hendricks allowed Kosheck to the be agressor early on in the fight and countered nicely. Hendricks became more agressive in the second round, and landed a takedown on Koscheck. In the end, Hendricks was awarded the split decision, vaulting him into series title contention.

UFC on FOX 3 drew a reported attendance of 10,788 for a live gate of $1.1 million. "Fight of the Night" was awarded to Louis Gaudinot and John Lineker for their flyweight scrap. "Knockout of the Night" went to heavyweight Lavar Johnson for his first round KO of Pat Barry. Nate Diaz was awarded "Submission of the Night" for his guillotine of Jim Miller.

Full fight night results:

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UFC On FOX 3: TV Schedule And Predictions

The UFC will hold its third fight card on FOX television tonight from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford NJ. Jim Miller (21-3) faces Nate Diaz (15-7) in a lightweight title eliminator. UFC President Dana White has stated that if Diaz wins, he will be next in line for a title shot.

The action beings early for Arizona fight fans, as Facebook preliminary fights begin at 1 p.m. Pacific time. Canadian bantamweights Nick Denis (11-2) and Roland Delorme (7-1) battle on the Facebook card, along with middleweights Mike Massenzio (13-6) and Karlos Vemola (9-2). Fights can be accessed by clicking "Like" on the UFC's Facebook page.

At 2 p.m. Pacific time, the action shifts over to FUEL TV for three hours of preliminary action. The lighter weight classes will be on display, as the card on FUEL TV features two flyweight fights, two lightweight fights, a featherweight fight and a welterweight fight. Rising lightweight Tony Ferguson (13-2) battles Michael Johnson (10-6). TUF alumnus John Dodson (12-5) makes his flyweight debut against Tim Elliot (8-2-1).

The national television portion of the card begins at 5 p.m, and can be seen on FOX. Heavyweights Pat Barry (7-4) and Lavar Johnson (16-5) open the show.

A battle between submission specialist Rousimar Palhares (23-3) and veteran middleweight Alan Belcher (16-5) follows the Barry-Johnson bout.

The co-main event of the evening features a welterweight showdown with title implications. Former title challenger Josh Koscheck (19-5) faces rising contender Johny Hendricks (12-1). Hendricks has won three fights in a row including a first round knockout of Jon Fitch at UFC 141.

Full schedule and predictions below.

Main Card (FOX): 5 PM

Lightweight: Jim Miller (21-3) vs. Nate Diaz (15-7)

SB Nation Predicts: Diaz by unanimous decision

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck (19-5) vs. Johny Hendricks (12-1)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Hendricks by knockout

Middleweight: Alan Belcher (16-5) vs. Rousimar Palhares (23-3)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Belcher by knockout

Heavyweight: Pat Barry (7-4) vs. Lavar Johnson (16-5)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Johnson by knockout

Preliminary Card (FUEL TV): 2 PM

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson (14-2) vs. Michael Johnson (11-6)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Ferguson by unanimous decision

Flyweight: John Dodson (13-5) vs. Tim Elliott (8-2-1)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Dodson by knockout

Welterweight: John Hathaway (15-1) vs. Pascal Krauss (10-0)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Hathaway by unanimous decision

Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot (5-2) vs. John Lineker (19-5)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Gaudinot by submission

Lightweight: Danny Castillo (13-4) vs. John Cholish (8-1)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Castillo by submission

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez (8-3) vs. Pablo Garza (12-2)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Bermudez by unanimous decision

Preliminary Card (Facebook): 1 PM

Bantamweight: Roland Delorme (7-1) vs. Nick Denis (11-2)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Delorme by knockout

Middleweight: Mike Massenzio (13-6) vs. Karlos Vemola (9-2)

SB Nation Arizona Predicts: Vemola by unanimous decision

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UFC On FOX 3 Weigh-In Results: Diaz (156) Miller (156) Both On Weight

The UFC on FOX 3 weigh-in results took place this afternoon from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford NJ. Both main event fighters made weight, as Jim Miller (21-3) and Nate Diaz (15-7) both came in at 156-pounds the absolute lightweight limit.

All eight fighters on the main card made weight Friday afternoon. Lavar Johnson (253) will have a nine pound weight advantage in his heavyweight clash against Pat Barry (244). Welterweights Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks both weighed-in at 170.5-pounds.

Flyweight John Lineker (127) came in one pound heavy for his flyweight bout against Louis Gaudinot. According to MMAJunkie.com, Lineker was fined $1,200 for missing weight.

Full weigh-in results

Main Card (FOX):

Lightweight: Jim Miller (156) vs. Nate Diaz (156)

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck (170.5) vs. Johny Hendricks (170.5)

Middleweight: Alan Belcher (186) vs. Rousimar Palhares (186)

Heavyweight: Pat Barry (244) vs. Lavar Johnson (253)

Preliminary Card (FUEL TV):

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson (154.5) vs. Michael Johnson (156)

Flyweight: John Dodson (126) vs. Tim Elliott (125)

Welterweight: John Hathaway (169) vs. Pascal Krauss (169)

Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot (126) vs. John Lineker (127)*

Lightweight: Danny Castillo (155) vs. John Cholish (155.5)

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez (145.5) vs. Pablo Garza (145)

Preliminary Card: Facebook

Bantamweight: Roland Delorme (135) vs. Nick Denis (135)

Middleweight: Mike Massenzio (184) vs. Karlos Vemola (185)

*- will be fined $1,200 for missing weight

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UFC On FOX Diaz Vs. Miller: Main Event Breakdown

UFC on FOX 3 features a lightweight battle between Jim Miller (21-3) and Nate Diaz (15-7). Both men are elite lightweights and the winner of this fight is in line for a title shot at 155-pounds. Here is a breakdown the main event of UFC on FOX 3.

Striking: Both men favor the ground game. Miller has been awarded "Submission of the Night" three times in his UFC career, and Diaz has 10 career victories via submission, including three "Submission of the Night" awards. Where Diaz has the advantage is his reach, Diaz has a 76 inch reach, which is five inches longer than Miller's. Diaz punches in bunches, as he averages 4.46 strikes landed per minute (second highest in division history). As a lightweight, Diaz lands an average 46.4% of his strikes, and in his last fight against Donald Cerrone, Diaz landed a UFC record 238 significant strikes against the Cowboy. Striking is definetly not a strength of Miller's, as he only lands 34% of his strikes on average. However, Miller's striking defense is at 67%, meaning he avoids 67% of strikes against him. Miller has also never been knocked down in his UFC career. Advantage: Diaz

Ground Game: Both these fighters stand out on the ground. Diaz is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie, and has seven career submission victories in the UFC. Miller, also a black belt in BJJ, and has 12 career victories via submission. Miller has an outstanding 46% takedown accuracy average, and Diaz counters with a 45% takedown defense average. Miller has submitted the likes of Melvin Guillard, Charles Oliveira and Duane Ludwig. Diaz also holds a submission victory over Guillard, along with Takanori Gomi and Marcus Davis among others. It should also be pointed out that Diaz fought as a welterweight from September 2010 to September 2011. Advantage: Even

Other key stats and notes courtesy of Fight Metric

Miller

  • Only losses in career have come to Benson Henderson, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.
  • Lands an average of 2.23 significant strikes per minute.
  • Absorbs an average of 1.89 strikes per minute.
  • Miller averges 3.14 takedowns per 15 minutes.
Diaz
  • Diaz has a striking defense of 60%, meaning he avoids 60% of strikes against him.
  • Diaz only averages 1.33 takedowns per 15 minutes.
  • Nine of his last 12 wins have come via submission
  • Absorbs an average of 2.62 significant strikes per minute.

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UFC On FOX 3 Odds: Miller Favorite Over Diaz

The UFC returns this Saturday night for a free card on FOX. Jim Miller (21-3) faces Nate Diaz (15-7) in a lightweight title eliminator. The card takes place at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

Miller comes into his fight against Diaz as a steady favorite. As of press time, Miller is a -225 favorite over Diaz, who is currently at +175. However, the line is moving in the favor of Diaz.

The co-main event features a matchup between welterweights Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. The fight is close on paper, and the fight is even closer at the sports books. The upstart Hendricks (-125) is a slight favorite over the veteran Koscheck (-105). Hendricks knockout out Jon Fitch at UFC 141 in his last fight.

UFC on FOX 3 also features a battle between heavyweights Pat Barry and Lavar Johnson. Barry (-210) is a slight favorite over Johnson (+170). Johnson knocked out Joey Beltran at UFC on FOX 2 in his last fight.

The most lopsided fight on the main card according to the sports books is a middleweight fight between Alan Belcher and Rousimar Palhares. Palhares is a -310 favorite over Belcher, who as of press time is +240.

All odds from the Bovada sports book and can be found at besfightodds.com

Main Card (FOX):

Lightweight: Jim Miller (-225) vs. Nate Diaz (+175)

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck (19-5) vs. Johny Hendricks (12-1)

Middleweight: Alan Belcher (16-5) vs. Rousimar Palhares (23-3)

Heavyweight: Pat Barry (7-4) vs. Lavar Johnson (16-5)

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UFC On FOX 3 Fight Card: Nate Diaz Battles Jim Miller In Lightweight Eliminator

The UFC returns to free television this week as the company hosts its third event on FOX this Saturday night. A lightweight clash between Jim Miller (21-3) and Nate Diaz (15-7) serves as the main event for UFC on FOX 3, which takes place at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.

Miller is coming off an impressive submission victory over Melvin Guillard at UFC on FX Guillard vs. Miller. Miller earned "Submission of the Night" for his rear-naked choke of Guillard. Miller's three career losses have come against UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson, former champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

Diaz is riding a two fight winning streak with wins over Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone. Diaz has won "Fight of the Night" five times in his UFC career, and has been awarded "Submission of the Night" three times by UFC brass. UFC President Dana White has stated that the winner of this fight will get a shot at the lightweight championship.

The co-main event features a welterweight battle between Josh Koscheck (19-5) and Johny Hendricks (12-1). Koscheck has won two fights in a row since his lost to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 124. In his last fight, Koscheck defeated Mike Pierce by split decision at UFC 143.

The upstart Hendricks has won three fights in a row including a surprising knockout of Jon Fitch at UFC 141. The victory over Fitch vaulted Hendricks into top contender status and a victory over Koscheck puts him on the fast track to a title shot.

Full UFC on FOX fight card:

Main Card (FOX):

Lightweight: Jim Miller (21-3) vs. Nate Diaz (15-7)

Welterweight: Josh Koscheck (19-5) vs. Johny Hendricks (12-1)

Middleweight: Alan Belcher (16-5) vs. Rousimar Palhares (23-3)

Heavyweight: Pat Barry (7-4) vs. Lavar Johnson (16-5)

Preliminary Card (FUEL TV):

Lightweight: Tony Ferguson (14-2) vs. Michael Johnson (11-6)

Flyweight: John Dodson (13-5) vs. Tim Elliott (8-2-1)

Welterweight: John Hathaway (15-1) vs. Pascal Krauss (10-0)

Flyweight: Louis Gaudinot (5-2) vs. John Lineker (19-5)

Lightweight: Danny Castillo (13-4) vs. John Cholish (8-1)

Featherweight: Dennis Bermudez (8-3) vs. Pablo Garza (12-2)

Preliminary Card:

Bantamweight: Roland Delorme (7-1) vs. Nick Denis (11-2)

Middleweight: Mike Massenzio (13-6) vs. Karlos Vemola (9-2)

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UFC Signs Former Bellator Champion Hector Lombard

Earlier this week, the UFC announced the signing of Hector Lombard. Lombard is the former Bellator Middleweight Champion and comes into the UFC with a 31-2-1 record.

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