Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
Nam Phan's reputation as one of the UFC's most exciting featherweights remains intact after his UFC on FOX 4 fight with Cole Miller. The performance got Phan back into the win column as well, as he took a split-decision victory by scores of 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.
The first round was all Phan, as he showed a superiority in striking by cutting off the cage and working Miller against the fence. Phan did his best work there, especially with repeated combinations that featured hooks to the body and head.
Miller seemed to figure out his problem in the second, keeping the fight centered and using his considerable reach advantage to keep Phan at bay. Miller got a lot more active and a lot more accurate as a result, and got himself back into the fight.
But his comfort factor was quickly erased to start the third when Phan hurt him with a right hand. Phan became the aggressor, chasing Miller around and battering him with power punches. Miller, getting weary of the attack, finally tried the fight's first takedown about 1:30 into the round, but was easily stuffed. Emboldened by that, Phan continued his assault, though Miller came on late in an attempt to steal the round, taking it on one judge's scorecard.
It's the second win in the last three fights for Phan, who improved to 17-11.
It was the second straight loss for Miller, who is now 0-2 as a featherweight, and 18-7 overall.
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