UFC on FOX 3 takes place later tonight at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The event airs live on FOX at 8pm ET/7pm CT. The prelims will precede the FOX broadcast at 4pm ET on Facebook and 5pm ET on FX.
In the main event, lightweights Jim Miller and Nate Diaz clash in a potential title eliminator bout.
In another potential title eliminator, fast-rising welterweight Johny Hendricks takes on Josh Koscheck.
Rousimar Palhares looks to collect another limb as he faces the always tenacious Alan Belcher.
And opening the night, heavy handed heavyweights Lavar Johnson and Pat Barry look to send each other astral traveling.
Results and recap after the jump.
- Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:09 of Round 2
- Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koscheck via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Alan Belcher def. Rousimar Palhares via TKO (Punches) at 4:18 of Round 1
- Lavar Johnson def. Pat Barry via TKO (Punches and Uppercuts) at 4:38 of Round 1
- Michael Johnson def. Tony Ferguson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- John Dodson def. Tim Elliott via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- John Hathaway def. Pascal Krauss via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Louis Gaudinot def. John Lineker via Technical Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:54 of Round 2
- Danny Castillo def. John Cholish via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Dennis Bermudez def. Pablo Garza via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Roland Delorme def. Nick Denis via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:59 of Round 1.
- Karlos Vemola def. Mike Massenzio via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:07 of Round 2
Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz: Gameplans were on full display. Jim Miller looked to wrestle the young Diaz brother, while Diaz, of course, stuck to his solid striking, and was hardly afraid to go to the ground. After a solid first round for Diaz, where he dropped Miller, and outstruck him, Diaz took over fully in the second. After more effective striking, Diaz pulled for a guillotine, slapped it on tight, and became the first person to ever stop Jim Miller. The stoppage came at 4:09 of the second round.
Johny Hendricks vs. Josh Koscheck: As expected, the two wrestlers opted to spend most of this fight on the feet. After an accidental poke to the eye to Hendricks, Kos started to let loose and do some damage to the bearded fighter. After he recovered though, it was all Hendricks, as he outstruck Koscheck through the remainder of the first, and the entire second round. The third round was the deciding factor, as Hendricks outstruck his foe for the first half, but spent much of the second half of the round on his back. In the end, the judges scored the bout 29-28, 28-29, and 29-28, giving the split decision to Johny Hendricks.
Alan Belcher vs. Rousimar Palhares: I said in my preview that composure would win this fight for Alan Belcher, and that’s exactly what he used to win. After being taken down and threatened with leg locks, and believe me, they were close, Alan pulled out, attempted a banana split, a twister, and when threatened with another leg lock, he escaped, postured up, and dominated on the ground with strikes, putting Palhares out cold at 4:18 of the first round.
Lavar Johnson vs. Pat Barry: Someone was getting put out in this bout. In an exciting one round scrap, Pat Barry used his superior striking acumen to keep Johnson at bay, but it wasn’t long before the power of “Big” was too much for him. Barry took his opponent to the ground, and even ended up in the mount at one point, but when the bout got back to the feet, Johnson pressed “HD” against the cage and punished him with punches and uppercuts until he slumped in the corner, and Dan Mirgliotta stepped in. The stoppage came at 4:38 of the first frame.
Michael Johnson vs. Tony Ferguson: You’d expect that in a wrestler vs striker bout, the striker would be the more proficient of the two on the feet, but that was not the case. Despite his best efforts, Ferguson was unable to land many significant strikes on Johnson, who pushed the pace, and time and time again stunned the TUF winner with shots that would make his Blackzilian teammates proud. The ever-improving Johnson took home the unanimous decision with scores of 30-27 across the board.
John Dodson vs. Tim Elliott: This was less a fight, and more a Cirque de Soleil performance. Through the first two rounds, cartwheels, flips, and unorthodox striking were on full display, though it became very apparent that the TUF winner had the technical advantage. Tim Elliott stayed tenacious though, and pushed the pace throughout the 15 minute bout, even beating “The Magician” to the punch on more than a few occasions. In the end, the judges gave John Dodson the decision with scores of 29-28 across the board.
Pascal Krauss vs. John Hathaway: Outlanding Pascal Krauss for much of the bout, John Hathaway dominated this fight. Hathaway cracked Krauss with hard knee in the first, sending him to the mat, and followed up with ground and pound, but it was all for naught. Through the remainder of the bout, a more tentative Krauss avoided getting in range, and was taken down repeatedly. In the end, the judges rendered a unanimous decision, with scores of 29-28, 30-27, and 30-27 for the Brit.
Louis Gaudinot vs. John Lineker: This fight really got the crowd going. In only the third flyweight fight in the promotion, the green-haired Gaudinot went all out against Lineker, but it was Lineker who would land nearly 100 strikes in the first round. In the second, with the pace and power of Lineker’s strikes wearing on him, Gaudinot took his opponent down, managed to slip on a guillotine choke, and put his foe to sleep at 4:52 of the second frame.
Danny Castillo vs. John Cholish: In another exciting bout, Danny Castillo used his solid wrestling acumen stifle the grappling of Cholish. Through all three rounds, the Team Alpha Male fighter took control again and again, holding Cholish down when on the ground, and keeping him at range on the feet. In the end, Danny Castillo did enough to win the fight with scores of 30-27 across the board.
Dennis Bermudez vs. Pablo Garza: In the first of the televised preliminary bouts, Dennis Bermudez used his solid wrestling to take down Pablo Garza. Although the always trick Garza threatened with submissions and upkicks, it was all for naught, as Bermudez outstruck his lanky foe and nearly broke the UFC takedown record with 8 takedowns in the 15 minute bout. In the end, the judges had the easy job of rendering 30-27s across the board for Bermudez.
Roland Delorme vs. Nick Denis: In one of the best fights of 2012 thus far. Violent striker Nick Denis went to work on Delorme with crazy punches and violently loud knees. It looked to be a repeat of Denis’ debut, as he damaged Delorme badly. However, always tenacious, Delorme fought back, wobbled Denis with several sneaky shots, threw him down, slipped on a rear naked choke and forced the tap at 4:59 of the first round.
Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio: To open the night, the two huge middleweights went toe to toe, and early on, it appeared as though Massenzio had hit his stride. Outstriking Vemola, who appeared to be gassing, Massenzio let loose through the first five. In the second however, Vemola started to let his hands fly, managed to get Massenzio down, took his back, and locked in the rear naked choke to force the tap at 1:07.