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Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller Booked for ‘UFC on FOX 3′, May 5th in New Jersey

(Nate Diaz poses with future UFC bantamweight champ Ronnie Ortiz-Magro.)

The UFC confirmed this morning that their third FOX show will take place May 5 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. Though it hasn’t been officially marked as the headliner, a high-profile lightweight bout between Nate Diaz and Jim Miller will be featured on the main card.

Diaz is coming off a three-round domination of Donald Cerrone at UFC 141 — arguably the greatest performance of his career — making it two wins in a row for Diaz since he returned to lightweight last fall. Meanwhile, New Jersey native Jim Miller bounced back to the win column last Friday with a first-round submission of Melvin Guillard, proving that he still belongs among the division’s elite. Though the fight probably isn’t a #1 contender’s match, it’ll certainly bump the winner very close to a title shot. Fun fact: In 27 combined UFC fights, neither man has ever been stopped.

In other UFC on FOX 3 booking news…

Also returning to the cage on May 5th is TUF 14 bantamweight winner John Dodson, who will be dropping back down to 125 pounds for his first post-TUF appearance. His opponent will be Darren Uyenoyama, who will also be dropping to flyweight after outpointing Norifumi Yamamoto in a bantamweight bout during his Octagon debut on the “UFC on FOX 1″ undercard. We’re pulling for Dodson here, just so we can see the victory celebration.

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SnackDaddy- January 26, 2012 at 10:54 am
I have an awful feeling that Bendo will beat Edger (heartbreak!) and then Diaz will beat Bendo (double heartbreak!).
Todd M- January 25, 2012 at 9:02 pm
Yeah I figured this would happen after Jim subbed Melvin. I agree with Aaron B that Miller will look to grind this one out on top but Jim is also really dangerous grabbing subs so Nate will have to be careful. If Nate can keep this fight standing Jim could get frustrated and lose a decision, or Nate could oblige with the grappling and we could see a grappling war ala Miller-Bocek. Really close fight to call but I think Nate may pull out the decision.
Ogre- January 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm
You definitely could have come up with a funnier caption.
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm
@KarmaAteMyCat - wow what a complement. All I ever hear around here is that "everyone hates me" from my favorite fan - GRIN,
....or if asking Wilson, that I am "all fucked up."
You know both my little ego and poor self esteem suffer because of Ben, he allows it all to happen ruthlessly.
I just don't know who to turn to for help, just like Jonah Mowry.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 25, 2012 at 2:39 pm
@Xeno; I hate to say this but great minds think alike.
Me likey- January 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Fatsmoke- January 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm
actually hes holding up the same number of fingers he likes his boyfriend to insert into his rectum at the beginning of playtime.
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm
So you and your boy Jack are the only other persons going for Uyenoyama. Well that makes 3 of us.
Jackbequick- January 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm
Miller will take him down fo sho. But if he keeps that Joaquin Phoenix posture when Nate is going for submissions, he may get caught like water boy Pellegrino. Diaz more often than not finds a way to win and is a more exciting fighter. War Nathaniel!!
aaronb- January 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

I agree that Miller is a superior fighter to both Stevenson and Guida. I just think he possesses the wrestling pedigree to stifle Nate Diaz.

I think that Nate is too well versed in Sub defense to get caught by Miller. However I can see this being a case where Miller can top control a decision here.

KarmaAteMyCat- January 25, 2012 at 11:37 am
@Aaronb; The Diaz brothers have spent a lot of time sharing camp with Chael Sonnen, they have learned a lot about guys who just Dump and Hump aka Lay and pray. I wouldn't expect this fight to go that way at all I also do not believe you can compare Guida to Miller as Jim is just a finisher and Guida is a grinder. Just saying, all the respect in the world to the carpenter but ugh yeah.
aaronb- January 25, 2012 at 11:25 am
The one weakness that Diaz's have always shown was against top control wrestlers.

I see Diaz/Miller looking much the same that Diaz/Stevenson and Diaz/Guida went. Jim Miller is a better version of those guys.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 25, 2012 at 11:24 am
Two things
War Diaz
War Uyenoyama
GitB1- January 25, 2012 at 11:19 am
Nate kicking Rons ass at rock paper scissors
Jackbequick- January 25, 2012 at 11:15 am
You know there's two tough MFers in the photo when they're in the club playing rock, paper, scissors.... AWWWWWWWWE SHIT.....
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 11:07 am
Jackbequick Says: "Dodson jumps around like a little kid in need of adderall."
I had to read that shit a couple times, then it popped. That is exactly what I wanted to say, but failed.
Jackbequick- January 25, 2012 at 11:06 am
Perhaps Miller should approach Diaz at open workouts and try to make nice.... Wait, what?
The12ozCurls- January 25, 2012 at 11:00 am
I just realized that Ronnie dude looks a lot like Pat Barry. Only I think that Jersey Shore scum-bag might be taller.
FattyYarborough- January 25, 2012 at 10:59 am
@Amjur - Diaz already choked Melvin out. Just like in all his losses, he was winning, took a mental break and then got submitted.
Jackbequick- January 25, 2012 at 10:57 am
Johnie "the bull" Dodson jumps around like a little kid in need of adderall. Reminds me of Street Fighter II Hyper. Liked the game, but find him annoying.
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 10:45 am
@ MexicanJudo - if you want to change your password, try learning some English.
@The12ozCurls - nothing hip about those shades. Check out the "BIG 5" sporting goods coupon section. They cost $11 bucks before the sale.
@Lesnarischamp - when Edgar vs Hendo happens, I think we are in for a new champ.
@MexicanJudo - He does give Mexicans a bad name. The again maybe he is Spaniard, or a Ruperto Rican.
Regardless, if that fag wants a real rope necklace he needs to hire Flavor Flav to do some shopping for the boy.
intercept440- January 25, 2012 at 10:34 am
wow i never realized jersey was a haven for not only guido's but midgets as well... diaz is at 6' ronnie must be like 5'5" or some shit
XENOPHON- January 25, 2012 at 10:33 am
Diaz, yes - "to my surprise" dispatched Cerrone convincingly. He was susceptible to leg kicks. If Cerrone hadn't fought Diaz fight and it had gone to the ground who knows who would have finished. They are both good.
As for Miller, after last week I doubt Diaz can match the power Melvin landed. One the ground Nate is not same as Melvin and not so easy to submit.
Since Miller can't kick like Cerrone, can Miller get it to the ground?
On the ground ground, is Miller that much better that he can catch and latch down Diaz?
Standing up, absent the Melvin power himself can Miller hang with the thuggie thing from Stockton?
As for John Dobson, the only celebration I want to see is over his beat up face for being a rat and stool pigeon on national television. Down with Dobson!
Amjur- January 25, 2012 at 10:29 am
I think this will be a bit too much of a step-up in competition for Diaz. Miller should take this one, but an upset would really catapult Diaz to the front of the pack. Unfortunately for Miller, a win over Diaz doesn't move him any closer to a title shot.

After Melvin's 2nd straight 1st round loss by RNC, I was hoping they would feed him to Diaz - would have been a better match up for Nate.
El Guapo- January 25, 2012 at 10:12 am
Ronnie: Check out that hottie, I bet she's DTF.
Nate: She's down to fight? I'll kick her ass!
Ronnie: Uhhhhh...