Jim Miller has picked up three Fight of the Night bonuses in his Octagon career, but the 30-year-old showed a different side to his game in a composed performance that culminated in an armbar win over fellow veteran Fabrício Camões at UFC 169 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Camões famously fought Anderson Silva in a 1996 bare-knuckle MMA bout, which lasted nearly 30 minutes. The Brazilian was back in action after a 17-month layoff following his decision loss to Melvin Guillard at UFC 148.
Miller looked to score with straight punches in the early exchanges, while Camoes favored hooks and was able land a hard left that the American wore well. The two BJJ black belts looked to be well matched in the striking department, but the turning point of the fight came when Miller caught a head kick and used it to score a takedown.
Camoes escaped almost instantaneously and responded with a takedown of his own, but no sooner did he find himself in top position than Miller threw up his legs looking for an armbar. The tap was inevitable and the Brazilian walked away nursing a damaged right arm, while the New Jersey native was left celebrating UFC win number 12.
It came as a relief to Miller, who was 2-2-0-1 in his last five and would have been 2-3, but for Pat Healy failing a post-UFC 159 drug test due to his cannabis use. Afterwards he credited some newfound composure for the 13th submission win of his MMA career.
“I had a lot of fantastic jiu-jitsu instructors and we really worked on staying calm. You’ve seen me fighting like an animal, Mr. Hyde, but I tried to break Mr. Jekyll out today and he’s a killer, too.”
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