Jim Miller was looking to extend his win streak inside the Octagon to four straight and crack the Lightweight Top 10 at the expense of Dustin Poirier tonight (Sat., Feb. 11, 2017) in UFC 208’s pay-per-view (PPV) opener inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“Diamond,” though, had much different plans, taking a majority decision over the grizzled New Jersey mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran.
Miller got the action started pumping a furious jab, but Poirier calmly retreated and responded with a pair of solid low kicks to slow his pace. Poirier continued to throw the leg kick, as Miller put together a head-body combination. Miller attempted a takedown two minutes in, but Poirier was able to sprawl and mush him up against the cage, where he caught him with a left uppercut and solid right cross before he was able to circle back to the center of the cage. Poirier continued to throw leg kicks, one of which Miller was able to catch and simultaneously slam home a straight left hand. Miller attempted a low kick of his own, which Poirier was able to catch and drop Miller, who scrambled quickly and was able to get on the back of “Diamond.” Miller, though, was unable to take advantage of the position and Poirier was back to his feet quickly and, as the round came to a close, both fighters went toe-to-toe for the final 10 seconds with Poirier getting the best of the exchanges.
Miller started off the second round with a low kick that nearly took Poirier off his feet. He did it again seconds later and then connected with a left cross that seemed to irritate Poirier. Indeed, Poirier began to turn up the heat and began to chase Miller along the cage with combinations. Millerstumbled along the apron and attempted to return fire, but Poirier had him in his crosshairs. Midway through the round Poirier really began to open up on Miller along the fence, as Miller attempted to counter, but he was more or less just on auto pilot. Poirier continued to light him up along the cage, compelling Miller to shoot in for a takedown to slowdown the assault. It did slow, but Miller was so tired that Poirier was actually the one who was able to score the takedown. With 20 seconds to go, Poirier was swinging with bad intentions, but Miller was able to avoid significant damage. Nevertheless, the cumulative damage was noticeable.
Miller started off the third round with a nice left cross and then a right hand, but Poirier remained calm and in control. Miller actually dropped him with a low kick — Poirier appeared to be favoring his lead leg. Miller noticed and almost exclusively attacked his legs, which leg to a Poirier takedown. Along the cage, Miller was able to get into a sitting position and get Poirier into a choke, but eventually he was able to break free. Poirier stacked him along the cage and delivered some effective ground-and-pound until Miller was able to get back to his feet with 90 seconds remaining. It didn’t last long, though — Poirier took him right back down to the canvas. Miller angled for a kimura off his back, but Poirier was able to wiggle his arm free and land a few shots before the final bell blared.
It was a solid, competitive fight. The second round, though, ultimately appeared to be Miller’s undoing. Poirier — who couldn’t even stand at the end of the match because of the low kicks and had to be helped to the center of the cage to hear the official result — took the first and second rounds on the judges scorecards en route to a very hard-fought majority decision victory. He was overheard saying that he was going to take some time off and, after suffering such tremendous damage to his lead leg, he probably won’t have much of a choice.
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