Did you see that beating Jim Miller delivered to Joe Lauzon? That guy is on another level. Now consider that he was easily handled by Ben Henderson and the man Bendo just fought for the title: Nate Diaz. Lightweight is a deeply stacked and skilled division.
There are two arguments that were made for why Ronda Rousey is the fighter of the year. One, the attention she brings WMMA, has nothing to do with fighting and would better position her for a "Star of the Year" accolade. The second is that though she has less victories in 2012 than Bendo—two to his three—she finished both of her opponents, whereas Bendo has come away with decisions.
Miller reminded everyone tonight that Bendo and Rousey are simply swimming in completely different talent pools. There just isn't a female version of a Jim Miller floating around in Rousey's division. A female Jim Miller wouldn't spend months in training camp preparing for an arm-bar, only to be caught in it anyway. A female Jim Miller wouldn't have dropped the belt, then had such a hard time handling Julie Kedzie in her come back fight. In men's MMA, you can't ride one submission maneuver into a title reign.
It's illogical to slight Bendo because his fights were more competitive than Ronda's. He was facing much tougher competition. Women's MMA doesn't have a Jim Miller. That's saying something, considering that Miller is about a half a step above gatekeeper status in the lightweight division.
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