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UFC 111: Jim Miller wins a tough snoozer

Mark Bocek works for a submission choke against

Mark Bocek works for a submission choke against Jim Miller at UFC 111 in Newark. Miller won a split decision. (March 27, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Mario Gonzalez

NEWARK - Jim Miller fought fellow lightweight Mark Bocek at UFC 111 in the Prudential Center. And that just might be the most exciting thing we can say about this bout to open the pay-per-view broadcast for those watching at home, a movie theater or Radio City Music Hall.

All three judges scored the bout 29-28 in favor of Miller. (17-2). We shouldn't even tell you any more than that, given the nature of this bout, but since we already wrote it, here goes:

First round

Bocek (8-3) got a big takedown midway through the first round. From his back, Miller spent the next minute trying to work an arm submission. He didn't get it but he did came close and managed to end the round on top.

Second round

Bocek has a cut on the top of his head and has turned his orange hair into something of a glass of ruby red grapefruit juice. As for the actual action in this round, not so much. Just some grappling, a three-minute long rear naked choke attempt and a few punches from Bocek while he had Miller's back.

Third round

Both fighters, presumably each having already won a round on the judges cards, kept the fight standing for half the round. Bocek shot in at 2:52 and kept Miller pinned against the cage for 30 seconds, Miller was able to reverse positions for 20 seconds, then Miller did the same. Can you tell I'm just filling space right now to make this fight sound way more interesting than it really was? The round ended in the middle of the Octagon with Miller hanging on Bocek's back.




VIDEOUFC 111 live stream of post-fight press conference at 1:30 a.m.

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