Going into the second fight at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, Jim Miller had the advantage on the ground. Thiago Alves had the striking advantage.
And that’s exactly how the fight played out, the one question being how would the three judges weigh the strength of Miller’s numerous takedowns compared with Alves’ striking.
The answer: 30-27, 29-28, 30-27 in favor of Miller. Miller had several double-leg takedowns in the second and third rounds and was able to control Alves for a significant amount of time with each takedown before Alves could get back to his feet.
“For me, it was so special to be fighting here in Madison Square Garden," Miller said. "There is so much history here and winning inside this arena is a dream come true. I really thought Thiago brought it tonight."
The bout was contested at a catchweight of 163 pounds after Alves missed weight my more than six pounds on Friday. He weighed in at 162.6 pounds instead of the 156 maximum for a lightweight bout. Miller, who was on weight before Friday’s early weigh-ins, bulked up to just over 157 for the official weigh-in in order to keep the fight intact under New York State Athletic Commission rules for maximum weight allowance.
“People don’t believe this, but it’s actually really hard to gain weight,” Miller said after the fight.
Alves was fined 20 percent of his purse for missing weight, with that $12,000 payable to Miller.
Miller is the only UFC fighter to be on three of the biggest fight cards in the promotion’s history: UFC 100, UFC 200 and UFC 205.
"I know that Jim Miller is a game opponent and that he would be a tough test for me," Alves said. "He did everything he was supposed to and it was really me who did not get things done. My plan was to call out a big name opponent with a win, but now I just want to get back out there and show what I can do.”