Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller
Miller comes out swinging, throwing punches in bunches. Another combo has Lauzon covering up. Miller throws a kick. Connects again with a series of punches. Miller backs Lauzon up along the fence. Miller with a knee. Lauzon with a front kick and a standing elbow. MIller wobbles Lauzon with a punch and a knee. He's cut Lauzon bad. He gets a standing guillotine, But Lauzon works his way out of it. Refree Yves Levigne calls timeout, as the ref checks his cut. Back to action. Miller ferocious with his combos. Lauzon goes for a takedown and doesn't get it. Miller with a head kick. Lauzon is cut open something fierce. All Miller's strikes are crisp. One minute left. Miller using Lauzon for target practice, but Lauzon is coming after mMiller in the closing seconds. Huge ovation from the crowd.
Lauzon raises his hands to the crowd before the round and gets a huge cheer. Miller scores a takedown. Lauzon goes to work looking for a submission, but all the blood isn't going to help his cause.Lauzon tries to throw Miller off him, but can't. Lauzon evades what would have been a nasty elbow. Midway through, Lauzon has Miller's right leg tied up. Lauzon manages to reverse position, eliciting a cheer from the crowd. Levigne calls for a timeout, as the tape on Lauzon's glove has come undone. Restart from the same position. Miller is trying to work a triangle from the bottom. Lauzon scoops Miller up and slams him. Lauzon catches Miller in a kneebar in the closing seconds, but Miller escapes. Another huge cheer from the crowd.
Miller drops Lauzon in the opening minute. Lauzon tries to goad him to the ground, but it doesn't work. Lavigne stands Lauzon back up. Lauzon now has a cut over his left eye. The round's second minute is basically a standup stalemate. Lauzon with a standing elbow and a big left hand. Miller starting to get the better of the standup, effectively landing single shots. Final minute. With 30 seconds left, Lauzon goes for a heel hook, Miller slips out, and Lauzon goes for a choke as time runs out. We have a late Fight of the Year candidate.
Jim Miller def. Joe Lauzon via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Fantastic fight, both guys are such warriors, wow!!!