The always dependable Jim Miller did it again.
Miller blazed the comeback trail in grand fashion on Friday night, surviving an early scare to submit Melvin Guillard midway through the first round in the main event of UFC on FX 1. The 28-year-old earned an additional $45,000 for the thrilling "Submission of the Night" finish.
"I don't get knocked down often, and he knocked me down. So he hits hard," Miller happily acknowledged. "I just find a way to the back. It's something I've always been able to do. I'm pretty confident that I'm the most dangerous lightweight in the world, and I'm willing to make you guys believe that in here."
Also leaving the night with a fatter wallet were heavyweight brawlers Pat Barry and Christian Morecraft. Ever the affable performer, Barry fought off a near-submission attempt to blast through Morecraft with a counter left hook and pair of booming hammerfists that put the 25-year-old to sleep. Both men earned "Fight of the Night" honors for the three-minute clash.
"I want to thank everyone and anyone who ever helped me with my jiu-jitsu over the years, especially my current team," Barry excitedly said. "We drill and drill and drill, and it really helped me escape all those submission attempts tonight."
Meanwhile, UFC newcomer Nick Denis had a short, but sweet welcome to the big show. The native Canadian roared through Joseph Sandoval in the night's opening bout, ending the action in 22 seconds with a ridiculous string of elbow strikes from the clinch to earn his "Knockout of the Night" bonus.
"I wanted to come out strong with my strikes," Denis explained. "The game plan was eventually to take it to the ground because I felt his weakness was his grappling, but once I landed a couple of punches, I saw he didn't react very well to it. I knew he was hurt, and I finished it."