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UFC 111: Jim Miller Beats Mark Bocek in Close Decision

Jim Miller Beats Mark BocekJim Miller battled Mark Bocek for a very hard-fought 15 minutes Saturday night at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey, coming away with a razor-close unanimous decision victory in a good display of Brazilian jiu jitsu by both competitors.

The first round was fought mostly on the ground, and Miller had a kimura that appeared to make Bocek think about tapping out before he eventually managed to pull free. Miller also opened a cut on Bocek's forehead and definitely won the first round.

The second round started with Bocek taking Miller down, and Bocek spent most of the round on top of Miller, with the blood from his forehead spilling all over Miller's face. Bocek then turned over, got Miller's back, controlled him with a body triangle and appeared close to finishing Miller with a rear-naked choke, but Miller managed to survive and take the fight into a third and final round.

The fight was even going into the third round, and the third was mostly a stalemate, with both guys fighting for position and neither one managing to accomplish much. Bocek took Miller down with 30 seconds left, but Miller got back up and had Bocek's back when the final bell rang.

I scored the fight 29-28 for Bocek, but all three judges scored it 29-28 for Miller. It could have easily gone either way. Miller, who is from New Jersey, walked into the Octagon with "Woke Up This Morning," the theme song from The Sopranos, playing over the arena sound system. He gave the hometown fans a good show in improving his pro MMA record to 17-2. Bocek has nothing to be ashamed of in a loss that dropped his record to 8-3.

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