After Nate Diaz’s dominant win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 141, most fans thought it would be unlikely that the younger Diaz could top that performance.
In the main event of the UFC on FOX 3 event, he did just that.
Diaz became the first fighter to ever finish the tough and gritty Jim Miller, putting him away with a tongue-biting mounted guillotine submission in the second round.
Miller started aggressively, not waiting for Diaz to engage as he fired off leg kicks in an attempt to negate the reach of his lengthy opponent. Diaz remained patient and showed off the latest evolution in his game, locking up a strong thai clinch and going to work with knees up the middle. Miller eventually looked to take the fight to the ground but Diaz showed off improved takedown defense, fighting off the attempt against the cage. He then went to work with his jab and patented Diaz body shots. Diaz seized momentum in the fight as he fired off a jab followed by a pinpoint accurate straight left hand that crumpled Miller to the canvas. Miller recovered well enough to secure a very late takedown, but it was apparent that round one was all Nate Diaz.
As the second round started, Diaz absorbed a leg kick from Miller before going back to work with his clinch game. A confident Diaz started his taunt game, urging Miller to engage in a stand up war. Again, Diaz did damage with knees in the clinch, forcing Miller to drop to one knee to avoid further punishment. Miller then exploded for a takedown but was met with a modified guillotine attempt by Diaz. As Miller struggled to roll out of trouble, Diaz adjusted his grip looking for the finish. Miller rolled one last time but ended up with Diaz squeezing his neck with a mounted guillotine choke. To make matters worse, Miller’s mouthpiece hit the ground and his tongue was caught between his teeth as he tapped to the choke at the 4:09 mark.
Diaz (16-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) proved that he is ready for a title shot with one of the most impressive performances of the year as he continues to improve his well rounded game.