Another event, another stoppage. UFC keep on rolling with the early knockouts, submissions and overall great fights.
Melvin Guillard dubbed himself the ‘Jiu Jitsu Killer’ before his fight with Joe Lauzon at UFC 136. He lost via rear-naked choke. Tonight, the same happened.
Opening the event was a monster mash between kickboxing vet Pat Barry and the beastly Christian Morecraft.
Dana White tweeted as the fight began - “There is NO way this goes 3!!!” and he wasn’t wrong. Morecraft used his size to his advantage securing several takedowns but failed to get any momentum going thanks to Barry’s newly improved grappling skills. Barry did get fully mounted, however Morecraft could not damage Barry the way he wanted.
Barry got the fight back on the feet which is where he wanted it, landing hard jabs before connecting with a beautiful left hook in round 1, ending his two fight losing streak.
Whether they’re winning or losing, both of these warriors have hugely exciting fights and this was another.
The co-main event had as much hype as the main event, understandably.
‘The Dentist’ Josh Neer returned to the Octagon in October of last year and planned to continue his winning streak, making Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig his sixth victim. Ludwig was on a two fight win streak previously beating TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah in August.
The start of the fight looked to be comfortable for Ludwig, keeping the fight standing and picking his shots. Neer’s left eye was bloody and didn’t seem to effect his vision as he managed to lock on a guillotine choke putting Ludwig to sleep, two minutes from time in round 1, making a statement in the welterweight division.
Neer lost his mouth piece as Ludwig seemed to be controlling the stand up, leaving the ref to have a time out so he could put the mouth piece back in. Ludwig claimed after the fight that Neer did this on purpose, yet Neer denied the claim.
This main event really sums up how much talent and depth there is in the lightweight division. For the first time, these two veterans clashed in a fight that could have easily happened years ago, but would it have had the same razzmatazz?
We all know each fight starts on the feet, so straight away the ‘Young Assassin’ Guillard had the upper hand, so to speak. Miller seemed to be in trouble early on, receiving the strikes of a hungry Guillard. Miller is the definition of tough and would not quit as Guillard threw a knee, Miller ceased the moment to secure the take down and latching on to the back. Jim Miller is one of the last people you would want on you, attempting to choke you out. Before you could say ‘it is all over’ - it was. Miller wins via rear-naked choke in the first.
After the fight and now with a 21-3 record, Miller said of Guillard - “I don’t get knocked down often and he knocked me down. He hits hard.”
Another tough night for Guillard but this guy has the skills, speed and power to come back even better. Miller though, what’s next? Commentating debutants Kenny Florian and Jon Anik discussed the possibility of Miller facing undefeated Edson Barboza. Joe Silva, please make this happen?
Pat Barry def. Christian Morecraft via KO (punches) in round 1.
Mike Easton def. Jared Papazian via majority decision.
Josh Neer def. Duane Ludwig via submission (guillotine choke) in round 1.
Jim Miller def. Melvin Guillard via submission (rear-naked choke) in round 1.
Fight of the Night: Pat Barry vs. Christian Morecraft
Knockout of the Night: Nick Denis
Submission of the Night: Jim Miller