UFC 168: What We Learned from Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes

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UFC 168: What We Learned from Jim Miller vs. Fabricio Camoes
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UFC lightweight staple Jim Miller made quick work of Fabricio Camoes on Saturday night, submitting the Brazilian with a slick armbar just 3:42 into Round 1 in the second fight of the main card of UFC 168.

 

What We'll Remember About This Fight

Miller did his best impression of lightweight champ Anthony Pettis armbarring Benson Henderson at UFC 164. And like Henderson, Camoes briefly fought off the intense leverage of the armbar from the guard, but also akin to "Bendo," he eventually tapped when Miller got the proper angle and hyperextended the arm.

 

What We Learned About Miller

Although he may not spike from his No. 10 posting in the 155-pound rankings as a result of this win, Miller proved that he's more than just a gatekeeper. Fighters outside the Top 10 rarely last more than a round with the 30-year-old New Jersey native, especially those who choose to take the fight to the ground.

 

What We Learned About Camoes

Aside from landing a few combinations in the early stages of the opening round and briefly fighting off Miller's armbar attempt, Camoes didn't get to display many of his skills.

Camoes showed solid Muay Thai chops and decent wrestling, but he could already be on the chopping block after dropping his second straight in the UFC.

 

What's Next for Miller?

Miller has faced nothing but top-flight competition since falling to Henderson in 2011. Expect UFC matchmaker Joe Silva to pit a world-ranked 155-pounder like No. 9 Gray Maynard or No. 8 Donald Cerrone against Miller next.

 

What's Next for Camoes?

After choking out Tommy Hayden in his UFC debut, Camoes dropped a unanimous decision to Melvin Guillard at UFC 148.

Despite his recent woes, he deserves one more fight before being cut. The likes of James Krause or Al Iaquinta would do fine in the near future.

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