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UFC top contender Jim Miller welcomed undefeated WEC veteran Kamal Shalorus to the big show at UFC 128 in Newark, NJ. It was a brutal welcome. After two back-and-forth rounds that saw both man score hard punches and trade take downs, Miller landed a perfect uppercut, followed by a knee to the face that dropped Shalorus. From there Miller battered Shalorus on the ground until the ref was forced into stepping in and saving Shalorus.
Miller came out aggressive against the Iranian wrestler, landing several lefts. Shalorus, a one-time UK Olympic wrestling qualifier, tossed Miller to the ground at one point but preferred to stand and wing haymakers. Miller countered with a hard head kick. Shalorus answered with an overhand right. Shalorus got a take down and spent some time in Miller's guard before standing back up. Back on the feet Miller scored with counter right hooks as Shalorus winged wild looping punches.
They opened the second trading central cage. Miller landed a few counter uppercuts mixed with hooks as he made Shalorus. Shalorus then got a quick single leg but let Miller right back up. Out of nowhere Miller landed a single leg and put the Olympic wrestler on his back. Miller got Shalorus' back and locked in a body triangle. Shalorus fended off the rear naked choke. Miller worked a tight cross-face but Shalorus fought off the choke. Shalorus survived the round.
Shalorus looked hurt and tired coming into the third. He still threw punches first but Miller outlanded him again. Leg kick from Shalorus before Miller landed a low knee frm the clinch. Shalorus went for a throw but Miller evaded. Then they traded missed punches. Mille then landed a hard uppercut, added a knee, followed him down and pounded him out on the ground.