Round 1: Miller starts out firing punches for the head, while Palhares lands a couple solid leg kicks. Miller, however, scores the takedown, but nearly gets his arm caught in a submission. He defends and they return to their feet, Palhares attacking Miller’s lead leg with kicks. Solid jab from Miller snaps Palhares’ head back. Palhares lands a front kick that drops Miller, who tries to get up, but Palhares scoops and slams him. Miller reverses and double-legs Palhares, landing in the Brazilian’s full guard. He backs out and they return to their feet. Palhares still kicking, lands a hard blow to Miller’s left side. Miller goes for a leg kick, Palhares counters dropping Miller with a kick to the head. Palhares follows with punches and in confusion, thinks the referee stops the fight and jumps up on the cage, but is brought back down and the fight restarted. Miller connects with a punch that seems to put Palhares out, but he recovers as he hits the mat. They get back to their feet and he storms Miller just before the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Palhares
Round 2: Palhares moves in swinging, Miler fires back, but it is Palhares that scores with several knees and some more punches. He puts Miller on his back, but nearly gets locked up in a triangle. He slams his way out, stands up, and starts pummeling a downed Miller. He keeps pounding away with punches, but Miller somehow keeps defending, surviving. Palhares starts to slow his pace about midway through the round, Miller working hard trying to tie Palhares’ arms up. Palhares stands again, driving hard punches to Miller’s head. Miller pushes him away briefly with his feet, but Palhares jumps right back into Miller’s guard and starts pummeling him again. Miller is bleeding badly around the eyes, a huge cut and swelling around his left eye, but somehow digs deep and lasts to the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-8 for Palhares.
Round 3: The final stanza starts at a much slower pace. Palhares has lost a lot of the speed in his punches. Miller is trying to get some combinations going, but still can’t seem to find an opening. Miller is starting to land his jab a little bit, but he’s got to get more than that going if he is to win this fight. He needs a finish. Palhares lands a couple solid leg kicks, but his punches are almost non-existent midway through the round. But again, Miller is getting little more than his jab going. Both fighters are running on empty, neither able to mount any damage even when they do land. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-9 for Miller, but the fight 29-27 for Palhares.
Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller by Unanimous Decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25), R3