Although much of the talk was about Cain Velasquez's stunning victory over Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC 155 Saturday, the bloody battle between Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon definitely stole the show and was the most exciting fight of the night.
Saturday night's card desperately needed a nasty fight, as it didn't bring much on paper and looked to be one of the most forgettable cards early on. But that all turned around when Miller and Lauzon stepped into the Octagon.
Miller wasted no time going at Lauzon early and often, opening up with a bevy of low kicks that threw off his competitor. He then attacked his face with a flurry of punches that opened up a cut just above Lauzon's right eye.
And that first cut would be just one of many emerging from Lauzon's face on Saturday night. According to Yahoo! Sports, he needed at least 40 stitches when the fight finished.
Although it was Miller who got out to an early lead and put most of the visible beating on his opponent, Lauzon was far from incompetent and battled his way back in the third round. In fact, he nearly forced Miller to tap out during a leg-lock submission.
If there wasn't so much blood making the two fighters slippery, he may not have found his way out.
But he did, and he made Lauzon pay for it by closing out the fight by showcasing his strong standing game and avoiding the ground at all costs.
The clash between the standing battles and ground battles was one dynamic that made this fight so interesting. It was obvious who had the advantage with each, so you knew which fighter to keep your eye on when the fight was heading that direction.
As indicated by Miller's victory, the two fighters spent much of the fight on their feet pummeling each other.
The incredible bout that may very well win Fight of the Year almost didn't happen, as Miller took the fight on short notice and ended up having to cut 30 pounds in just six weeks.
But once those 30 pounds were gone, he showed no signs of losing any strength or any part of his game. He was sharper than he's ever been.
And he had to be in this incredible fight.
Saturday's co-main event certainly stole the show despite an epic clash between Velasquez and dos Santos.
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