While he came up short on the judges’ scorecards against Scott Holtzman at UFC Rio Rancho, lightweight veteran Jim Miller leaves New Mexico an extra $50,000 richer after earning yet another Fight of the Night award.
Miller and Holtzman battered each other for the better part of 15 minutes during their preliminary card scrap inside the Santa Ana Star Center. Though Miller managed to keep it fairly competitive early on, Holtzman’s athleticism shone through as the two reached the later rounds, giving him the edge on the scorecards. In the end, a blood-covered Miller could only applaud as the referee raised Holtzman’s hand in victory.
This marked Miller’s seventh career Fight of the Night, while extending his record for most most fights in UFC lightweight history (33). For Holtzman, this marked his first post-fight bonus while also improving his record to 14-3.
But while Miller continued to etch his name in the record books, the night’s biggest winner most certainly had to be Jan Blachowicz.
Entering Saturday’s main event, the Polish native was forced to listen to both fans and pundits book a future title fight between champion Jon Jones and his scheduled opponent, Corey Anderson. Blachowicz quickly silenced the noise with a violent first-round knockout over Anderson, earning his fourth Performance of the Night bonus and receiving Jones’ seal of approval.
Rounding out the bonuses, Daniel Rodriguez scored big for his second-round submission in his UFC debut against Tim Means. This win pushed Rodriguez’s record to 11-1, with 10 of those wins ending in a stoppage.