UFC veteran Jim Miller showed why he remains one of the organization’s top 155-pound competitors as he once again showcased his stellar submission skills at UFC 172. Miller choked late-injury replacement Yancy Medeiros unconscious in the first round of their lightweight bout in Baltimore.
It was a substantial step-up in competition for the hard-hitting Hawaiian, who took the fight against Miller on very short notice after Bobby Green was forced to withdraw due to an injury. Medeiros was unable to land anything of significance before Miller would change the tone of the fight by landing a big left hand to the body. With Medeiros visibly hurt, Miller would quickly lock on a guillotine choke that would finish the fight at the 3:18 mark.
Miller now has 13 submission wins to his credit, and it marked his second straight Octagon finish. He recorded an armbar submission of Fabricio Camoes at UFC 168. Miller served notice to the rest of the division’s elite that he’s more than ready to face them and should be in line for a high-profile assignment next. There are a number of enticing options including potential matchups against the likes of Josh Thomson, Donald Cerrone and T.J. Grant. The New Jersey native improved his UFC record to an impressive 14-3, and has an overall career mark of 24-4 with one no-contest.
Medeiros was unable to rise to the occasion in his biggest career test and fell to 9-2-1. However, he’s deserving of major props for taking on an opponent of Miller’s stature on such short notice. The 26 year old still has plenty of fight left in him, but found out the hard way in Baltimore that his game just isn’t at Miller’s level.