A fight between UFC veterans Diego Sanchez and Jim Miller isn’t traditionally the type of fight you’d expect to find on the early prelims of a pay-per-view event. But now that the UFC is ramping up its Fight Pass streaming service, Sanchez and Miller headlined the Fight Pass portion of UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Sanchez has been fighting in the Octagon since the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005, while Miller has been fighting for the UFC since 2008. They entered their bout on Saturday night with a lot on the line as both had lost three of their four most recent fights.
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With both men desperate for a win, Sanchez opened the fight in a fury, instantly rushing across the cage to try and overwhelm Miller out of the gate. Being the veteran that he is, Miller was prepared for Sanchez’s opening salvo and landed a knee on his charging foe.
After that, the fight settled into more of a rhythm with Miller edging ahead in the stand-up exchanges, hanging back and countering, while Sanchez pressed the action, trying to find a home for his combinations.
Midway through the opening round, Sanchez shot a double-leg takedown and put Miller on his back. Sanchez excels in the ground-and-pound range, and this fight was no different. While Miller tried to find a way to escape out from under him, Sanchez kept the pressure on, doing a lot of work landing punches and elbows to Miller’s body, which may have paid off later in the fight.
Miller continued to counter ….View full article