Joe “J-Lau” Lauzon (22-7-0) vs. Jim Miller (21-4-0)
The co-main event between ground specialist Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller has fight of the night written all over it. While both fighters have shown to have power in their hands, their fights almost always hit the ground. They generally use their hands to hurt their opponent before finishing them on the ground, where they finish. This makes both of them extremely dangerous, due to the fact they can beat opponents no matter where the fight goes.
Lauzon is a fight night bonus master, having obtained 11 bonuses in his 13 UFC fight tenure. While not the most consistent fighter, Lauzon has shown to be on a bit of a run lately, going 3-1 with his only lose coming to top contender Anthony Pettis. He opened a lot of eyes this year with his fight of the year candidate with Jaime Varner, and his win over Melvin Guillard. The fight with Guillard was very shocking since he dropped Guillard with his improved stand-up.
For Miller, this is a chance to put himself in the green for the 2012 fight year after going 1-1 so far. He rebounded from a loss to current champion Benson Henderson with a submission win over the aforementioned Guillard in January, but he was stopped for the first time in his career by a Nate Diaz submission in their number one contenders bout in May. He has not fought since then, so we will see how time away from the cage affects him in this short notice fight.
As weird as it sounds, when two ground specialists are locked in the cage, the fight usually takes place on the feet. While it is outlined that they are solid strikers, these two have a combined 30 submission victories in their 43 wins. On the ground, they will most likely be stalemated. On the feet, Lauzon will have a height advantage, but their reach is reported to only differ by one inch in favor of the shorter Miller. This fight comes down to cardio. Lauzon will give Miller trouble early, but he will fade as it comes to the third when Miller will still be very fresh.
The Bottom Line:
Miller has trouble in the first, but as the fight wears on he takes control. Constant Pressure gives Miller a TKO victory in the third.