Coming off a solid preliminary portion, the UFC on FOX 3 main card featured four top fights across four different divisions. The UFC on FOX 3 main card was headlined by a lightweight bout with title shot implications between the Ultimate fighter winner Nate Diaz and the New Jersey native Jim Miller.
Things started out quickly with two quick finished to open the action on FOX and would only slow down marginally in the night’s co-main event that would go the distance. The main event was exactly what everyone thought it was until the finish came that ended the night with a statement.
MAIN CARD (FOX)
155 lbs.: Nate Diaz defeated Jim Miller by 2nd rd. Submission (Guillotine)
- Miller couldn’t get the fight to the ground like other that have beaten Diaz before did and that allowed Diaz to implement his game plan and dictate the fight. Getting punished with shots on his feet Miller looked to get the fight down and that back fired into a submission finish. Diaz now is the number one contender at 155 lbs.
170 lbs.: Johny Hendricks defeated Josh Koscheck by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- A fight worthy of a split decision if there ever was one as Hendricks and Koscheck went back and forth for 15 minutes. With only one takedown in the fight, it was all up to the stand up games between the two welterweights. Hendricks landed the more strikes, but they were almost even with the significant strikes, thus the split decision. This is a big setback for Koscheck but a big push up the ladder for Hendricks.
185 lbs.: Alan Belcher defeated Rousimar Palhares by 1st rd. TKO
- Belcher went right into the strength of Palhares and survived a handful of leg locks attempts from the leg collector. With several scrambles Belcher ended up on top and unleashed a flurry of punches that Palhares could only partially defend. Eventually though Belcher did enough damage at the fight was stopped as Palhares laid they dazed. After the fight Belcher proclaimed to be ready for a title shot.
265 lbs.: Lavar Johnson defeated Pat Barry by 1st rd. TKO
- Johnson opened landing some good shots on Barry, which forced him to take the fight to the canvas. Barry moved to side control and was actually close to an Americana submission. Johnson made it back to his feet and poured it on with Barry against the cage until he could take no more punishment. That’s two for two inside the Octagon for Lavar Johnson.