UFC 134 continued on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a pair of preliminary bouts on Spike TV, including one of the strangest moments in MMA history when Rousimar Palhares incorrectly assumed he had finished Dan Miller in the opening round.
Palhares would go on to survive a knockdown and earn a dominant unanimous decision over Miller, while the second fight saw Thiago Tavares smother Spencer Fisher before scoring a second-round TKO.
Rousimar Palhares earns strange, but dominant win over Dan Miller
Rousimar Palhares’ striking looked much improved, but his mind did not in this fight as Palhares dropped Dan Miller with a powerful head kick and looked to be en route to earning a stoppage victory before strangely walking away thinking he had won in one of the strangest moments in MMA history. On the restart, Miller nearly finished a distracted Palhares with punches.
In the second, an angry Palhares took Miller down and proceeded to unload on the American for the majority the round. While Miller showed heart, it was an example of how a round can be scored 10-7 by the judges. The third round was a battle of wills as both fighters were clearly exhausted, but Palhares prevailed for a dominant decision win.
Thiago Tavares smothers Spencer Fisher
Thiago Tavares put on a dominant performance over longtime MMA veteran Spencer Fisher in the second Spike prelim. Tavares kept Fisher with his back on the cage or the mat for the majority of the fight before crushing Fisher with another takedown and landing punches for the second-round TKO. While the stoppage appeared premature, Fisher failed to mount much in the way of defense.
UFC 134 Facebook Prelims Quick Results:
- Thiago Tavares def. Spencer Fisher via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:51
- Rousimar Palhares def. Dan Miller via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 30-25)