Jim Miller took out Melvin Guillard quickly at UFC on FX 1. | File Photo: Sherdog.com
Melvin Guillard gave Jim Miller a small window of opportunity, and the New Jersey native blasted through it, submitting “The Young Assassin” with a rear-naked choke in their UFC on FX 1 headliner Friday night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Early on, it was Guillard who was the aggressor, punishing Miller with his fast and powerful hands while constantly threatening with flying knee attempts. Guillard went to the well once too often with the knees, and Miller capitalized by forcing the Imperial Athletics product to the canvas. From there, it was academic, as Miller imposed his will on Guillard and forced him to submit to a rear-naked choke at the 2:04 mark of round one.
The win gives Miller new life in the loaded lightweight division, while Guillard must go back to the drawing board after his second consecutive loss. Miller-Guillard was the most important bout of the evening, but the rest of the card did not lack excitement. Here’s a by the numbers look at UFC on FX 1, with statistics provided by FightMetric.com:
27: Submission attempts in the UFC career of Miller, second all-time in the promotion behind only Chris Lytle, who retired with 31. Miller elicited a tap from Guillard with a rear-naked choke at 2:04 of the opening round in their lightweight encounter.
12: Career submission wins for Miller. Along with Guillard, he has submitted Charles Oliveira, Duane Ludwig and David Baron during his UFC tenure.
.900: Percentage of Guillard's career losses that have come by way of submission. All of The Young Assassin’s losses in the UFC -- to Miller, Joe Lauzon, Nate Diaz, Rich Clementi, Joe Stevenson and Josh Neer -- have come via tapout.
12: Significant strikes by which Guillard outlanded Miller before the New Jersey native took advantage of a failed flying knee attempt and got the fight to the canvas. Guillard had previously been unbeaten when landing 10 or more strikes than his opponents.
4: Significant strikes landed by Miller. The AMA Fight Club representative is 3-0 in the Octagon when landing less than 10 power strikes, however, with all of those victories ending with a first-round submission.
9: Average strikes landed by Duane Ludwig in his last three UFC losses, all of which ended inside of a round. By comparison, the Colorado native landed 123 and 99 strikes in recent wins over Amir Sadollah and Nick Osipczak, respectively.
27: Successful takedowns for Josh Neer’s opponents in his six UFC defeats. By comparison, “The Dentist” has been taken down on only six occasions in his six Octagon triumphs.
5: Significant strikes landed by Neer against Ludwig, his least since connecting three times in a first-round submission victory against Guillard in 2006.
153: Combined significant strikes landed by bantamweight combatants Mike Easton and Jared Papazian in Easton’s decision win. The 18 other competitors on Friday’s UFC on FX card combined to land 201 strikes.
.560: Striking accuracy for Easton, whose rate was 15 percent better than that of Papazian (41 percent).
105: Power strikes thrown by Papazian in a furious third frame that saw both he and Easton connect on 77 significant strikes and 99 overall. In the first two rounds the pair combined for 76 significant strikes and 128 overall.
.920: Striking accuracy for Pat Barry in his first-round technical knockout win over Christian Morecraft. “HD” landed 12 of the 13 power strikes he threw, including the left hook that floored the 6-foot-6 Team Bombsquad product.
1-3: Barry’s record in UFC bouts in which his opponent has attempted at least one submission. Barry managed to escape an armbar attempt by Morecraft in their heavyweight fight, but Stefan Struve, Mirko Filipovic and Tim Hague had all previously been successful in submitting the New Orleans native.
8: Knockdowns in the UFC career of the outgoing Jorge Rivera. Though he didn’t manage to floor Eric Schafer on Friday, that number places “El Conquistador” in a tie for seventh on the promotion’s all-time list.
9: Rivera bouts out of 12 since 2006 that have been decided by knockout or technical knockout. The 39-year old is 6-3 in those contests. During one six-fight stretch from 2006 to 2008, all of his fights were over inside of one round.
14-31: Combined record of Daniel Schilling’s previous five opponents prior to his rear-naked choke defeat to Daniel Pineda in the Octagon debut for both men.
6: First-round finishes for Nick Denis after he needed just 22 seconds to stop Joseph Sandoval with elbows in their bantamweight fight. The 28-year-old Ottawa native has not gone to the judges in any of his 11 victories.