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Jim Miller walked into the Octagon in Newark as the No. 4-ranked lightweight in the UFC. His opponent, Pat Healy, was absent from those rankings. That may change when the new rankings are released this week.
It was a grinding affair, as expected, and it earned the fighters some extra cash, as the bout took home "Fight of the Night" honors. For Healy, the winner, the victory was doubly sweet as his third-round rear-naked choke submission earned him "Submission of the Night."
After the fight, the elated Healy said, “I feel so good. You can’t break me down out there. I know I look a little beat up and my eye is swollen but I feel incredible. I’ve been working so hard for this return to the UFC.
"It’s been seven years since I’ve been here and I’ve gone through so much since I’ve been gone. The only thing that kept me going is my love for fighting. I know how to use my weight and strength and that was the difference tonight. I was able to wear him down in the clinch and tire him out. That’s what led to the submission. Jim was ranked number five in the world coming into this fight so I’d love to fight 4, 3, 2, or 1.”
As for Miller, his comments were short, "I’m disappointed to say the least. Pat is tough and he caught me. Nothing more to say.”