The UFC’s third installment on network television took place from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Headlining the event was former Ultimate Fighter winner Nate Diaz against Jersey-native Jim Miller. Also on the card was a pivotal welterweight battle between Josh Koscheck and Johny Hendricks. The main card aired live on Fox, while the undercard was split between Fuel TV and a Facebook stream.

Diaz forces Miller to submit

Lightweight Nate Diaz moved one step closer to a title shot by becoming the first to finish Jim Miller.

The first round saw Miller look to press Diaz against the fence and work from the clinch, but Diaz was able to separate. A strong left hand dropped Miller late in the round, but Diaz was unable to finish.

In the second frame, Diaz was the aggressor, frequently taunting Miller. As Miller shot for a takedown late in the round, Diaz slapped on a guillotine choke and Miller was forced to tap for the first time in his career.

“I’m trying to be No. 1 in world,” Diaz stated in his post-fight speech.

“He had my number,” Miller explained in defeat. “He deserves that (title) shot.”

Hendricks claims split decision over Koscheck

In a fight between former NCAA champion wrestlers, welterweight Johny Hendricks eeked out a split decision over Josh Koscheck.

The opening frame saw Hendricks suffer a punch or poke to his right eye, which appeared to affect his range. However, Hendricks landed the heavier shots through the first five minutes.

In the middle stanza, Hendricks poured it on. Scoring with his left hand, Hendricks repeatedly backed Koscheck against the cage.

Koscheck came out desperate in the final round as the two traded big shots on the feet. It was Koscheck that scored the only takedown of the fight with two minutes remaining, and he held Hendricks there until the end of the bout.

Two of the three judges awarded Hendricks for his efforts. In his post-fight interview, the fighter proclaimed, “I want that title.”

Belcher escapes heel hook, scores TKO over Palhares

Middleweight Alan Belcher nearly fell victim to the dangerous Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu game of Rousimar Palhares, but turned the tables and picked up a first-round TKO.

Palhares scored an early takedown and immediately attacked Belcher’s legs. The two engaged in an awkward position on the mat as Belcher appeared to look for a twister. Palhares escaped and quickly transitioned for a heel hook on Belcher’s right leg.

Belcher escaped into Palhares’ guard and unloaded with elbows and big shots from the top, forcing referee Dan Miragliotta to wave off the bout.

Johnson finishes Barry with first-round barrage

The first fight of the Fox main card featured heavyweight fireworks as Lavar Johnson finished Pat Barry with an onslaught late in the opening frame.

The pair traded early, forcing Barry to shoot for a takedown. The former K-1 competitor mounted Johnson briefly but opted to move to side control to attempt an Americana. Johnson survived the submission and returned to the feet.

Johnson then pressed Barry against the cage and unloaded with a series of uppercuts. Barry tried to cover but eventually succumbed to the assault and crashed to the mat.

Johnson bests Ferguson in battle of Ultimate Fighter alums

Rounding out the Fuel TV portion of the undercard, season 12 runner-up Michael Johnson used his speed advantage and diverse striking attack to claim a decision over season 13 winner Tony Ferguson. From the opening bell, Johnson beat Ferguson to the punch, rocking him in each round. Ferguson looked for his right hand throughout the bout, but could not find a home for it as Johnson cruised to the win.

Dodson breaks hand, outlasts Elliott

Ultimate Fighter season 14 winner John Dodson returned to his natural weight class of 125 pounds to welcome Tim Elliott to the Octagon. Dodson suffered a hand injury in the opening round, which hindered his attack in the later rounds. However, Dodson was able to withstand the erratic and wild assault of Elliott to take the decision victory.

Hathaway too much for Krauss

In a battle of international prospects, British welterweight John Hathaway handed German Pascal Krauss his first professional defeat. Hathaway rocked Krauss in the opening frame a knee flush to the German’s jaw, but Krauss recovered. The final two rounds saw Hathaway get the better of the wrestling and striking, taking a clear-cut decision win.

Gaudinot submits Lineker

TUF alum Louis Gaudinot survived a relentless striking output from Brazilian John Lineker before securing a late, second-round guillotine. The flyweights traded recklessly from the opening bell—including more than 400 total strikes—but it was Gaudinot’s grappling that proved to be the difference.

Castillo edges Cholish

WEC veteran used timely takedowns to best fellow wrestler John Cholish. The two lightweights struggled to establish their rhythm during the 15-minute affair, often trading single punches. In the end, it was Castillo’s slams that gave him the edge on the scorecards.

Bermudez overpowers Garza

Former Ultimate Fighter runner-up Dennis Bermudez picked up his first official Octagon victory by defeating fellow featherweight Pablo Garza by unanimous decision. Bermudez used his dominant wrestling and pace from the top to overcome Garza’s significant reach advantage and dangerous submission skills.

Delorme survives early onslaught, finishes Denis

Canadian bantamweights Roland Delorme and Nick Denis put on a show on the final Facebook prelim. Denis battered Delorme on the feet early, but Delorme survived. Delorme rebounded and rocked Denis late in the round, scoring a takedown and locking in the fight-finishing rear-naked choke with one second remaining in the opening round.

Vemola chokes out Massenzio

In his middleweight debut, Czech fighter Karlos Vemola picked up his second Octagon win by defeating veteran Mike Massenzio. Massenzio started strong, taking the first round. However, Vemola came out aggressively in the second, scoring a takedown and taking Massenzio’s back before applying a rear-naked choke.

FULL RESULTS

Nate Diaz def. Jim Miller by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 4:09
Johny Hendricks def. Josh Koscheck by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Alan Belcher def. Rousimar Palhares by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:18
Lavar Johnson def. Pat Barry by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 4:38
Michael Johnson def. Tony Ferguson by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
John Dodson def. Tim Elliott by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
John Hathaway def. Pascal Krauss by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Louis Gaudinot def. John Lineker by submission (guillotine choke). Round 2, 4:54
Danny Castillo def. John Cholish by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Dennis Bermudez def. Pablo Garza by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Roland Delorme def. Nick Denis by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:59
Karlos Vemola def. Mike Massenzio by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 1:07

Photo: Nate Diaz (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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