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UFC 155 fight card primer: Joe Lauzon vs. Jim Miller

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Due to a string of injuries, a bout that wasn't even booked six weeks ago is now the UFC 155 co-main event. On one side you have a streaky, exciting fighter looking to finally break through into title contention in the stacked UFC lightweight division. On the other side, you have a late replacement looking to bounce back from the first submission loss of his career. Joe Lauzon (22-7, 9-4 UFC) faces off with Jim Miller (21-4, 10-3 UFC).

Lauzon is currently at number 12 at lightweight on the Bloody Elbow Meta-Rankings, while Miller is holding down the 10 spot. Lauzon will finally crack the top 10 with a win, while Miller will likely stay in the same area with his own W. This lightweight UFC 155 fight will be the co-main event of the card, and will be shown pay-per-view. The PPV begins at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

How do these two stack up?

Lauzon: 28 years old | 5'10" | 70" reach
Miller: 29 years old | 5'8" | 71" reach

What have these two done recently?

Lauzon: W - Jamie Varner (SUB) | L - Anthony Pettis (KO) | W - Melvin Guillard (SUB)
Miller: L - Nate Diaz (SUB) | W - Melvin Guillard (SUB) | L - Ben Henderson (UD)

How did these two get here?

Joe "J-Lau" Lauzon has been in the UFC for over six years now, and has constantly provided excitement. From his knockout of Jens Pulver at UFC 60 all the way to his submission of Jamie Varner earlier this year, his flashy style has earned him a total of 11 performance bonuses. Despite that, losses at the wrong time have halted his rise to the top. A win over Miller would see Lauzon finally enter the top 10.

Jim Miller has long been one of the toughest guys in the UFC 155-pound division. His only UFC losses have come to guys who have competed for or held the UFC lightweight title, and he has finished six of his ten UFC wins. His loss to Nate Diaz at UFC on Fox 3 was the first time was ever finished in a fight, and he'll look to rebound by picking up a win over Lauzon.

Why should you care?

Both of these guys are exciting fighters that always look for a finish. There's basically no way it could be boring.

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