Nate Diaz defeated Jim Miller in his home state of New Jersey on national television tonight, and was hands down the best fight of the third edition of UFC on Fox.
While yes, this match was the featured and most high-profile fight on the card, it lived up to its placement. Both fighters were bleeding from their faces from the end of the first round, and Diaz's nasty guillotine choke to end the second round was the photo every media outlet will be throwing up on their website within the next few minutes.
While the two got heated during the bout, Diaz said all the right things when being interviewed by Joe Rogan after the judges' decision was announced, stating he respected Miller and was happy to perform for the fans in New Jersey.
While I almost wish Miller won just to not hear Diaz thank everyone (including the guy who wraps his hands), that guillotine was straight nasty, and it puts him in line for a shot at the light heavyweight title.
There were some entertaining fights, but none of them went the distance of the full three rounds besides the Johny Hendricks and Josh Koscheck, which was about as entertaining as watching those commercials about collectible nickels you see come on around 5 a.m.
The Michael Johnson victory over Tony Ferguson was somewhat entertaining, in a battle of previous Ultimate Fighter winners. Johnson took the decision thanks to landing more accurate strikes despite the barrage of combinations by Johnson before the end of the bout.
The Johnson versus Ferguson bout was pretty much the vibe of the night, with the Pat Berry versus Lavar Johnson match being the only real "get on the edge of your seat"-type moment before the featured fight was under way.
The hometown crowd was cheering on their Jersey-born fighter, but it wasn't enough for Miller to squirm out of that deadly guillotine choke by Diaz and left everyone the event on a high note despite a otherwise run-of-the-mill kind of night in the world of UFC.