Jim Miller secured his seventh win in a row, grabbing the TKO victory over Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones.
After entertaining exchanges throughout the fight, Miller landed an uppercut, following it up with a knee en route to the win in the third round.
Miller and Shalorus came out the gate aggreissive on the feet, trading blows early. Going back and forth, the two fighters landed punches in bunches, but Shalorus landed some strong leg kicks that left their mark. Miller landed a tremendous left high kick with two minutes left in the opening round, but Shalorus recovered nicely. Miller pulled guard and his opponent worked from that position eventually pinning him against the cage. The two were stood up and the two traded more strikes for the remainder of the entertaining opening round.
Round two had more of the same with the fighters trading blows. “The Prince of Persia,” Shalorus, added some nice leg kicks that landed solidly. Miller was able to get a quick takedown and within the blink of an eye, obtained his opponent’s back. Miller worked from Shalorus’ back for several minutes, attempting to find a hole to sink in a rear naked choke, but Shalorus showed some active defense to prevent any submission. The round ended with Miller working to get some strikes while controlling his opponent’s back.
Round three had landing some clean straight left hands. An unintentional groin strike by Miller put a hold to the action, but it continued shortly there after. Miller landed a huge left uppercut the followed it up with a knee that had Shalorus falling to his back. Miller attacked his opponent until there was no defense by Shalorus, forcing the referee to step in and put a stop to the fight.
The fight officially came to end at 2:15 of the third round.
“That’s seven in a row,” Miller said after the win. “That’s seven in a row in [arguably the] toughest division in the UFC.”
Miller makes a strong point for title contention, but it will be up to Dana White, Joe Silva the rest of the UFC front office to decide if he’ll be the next in line to fight for the lightweight belt.