Lightweight veterans Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon delivered another action-packed war in the main-card opener of UFC Fight Night Vancouver, and the result was the same as well.
Miller scored a hard-fought three-round victory by decision.
The split verdict read 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Miller, who’s now 27-8 with one no contest. Lauzon, who’s from East Bridgewater, Mass., falls to 26-13.
Miller defeated Lauzon via unanimous decision in the 2012 Fight of the Year.
The fists started flying immediately, Miller jarring Lauzon briefly with a left hand. Lauzon shot in and tried to lock up Miller’s leg, but the ensuing scramble saw New Jersey’s Miller escape and get upright. Lauzon remained aggressive, Miller countering well, with a knee to the head the biggest blow.
With a little more than two minutes left, Miller missed a spinning elbow and fell to the canvas, as Lauzon pounced on him. After Lauzon scored with some ground strikes, Miller scrambled back to this feet and continued landing hard bows to the body and head as the round closed.
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