Bocek vs. Miller
One of the main card bouts of Saturday’s UFC 111: St. Pierre vs. Hardy event is between lightweights Jim Miller and Mark Bocek.
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Miller enters the fight as the clear favorite with a betting line of -400 with Bocek given a line of +300 according to online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Here is a closer look at both fighters heading into this bout, which will take place from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey at 10PM ET on Pay Per-View.
Jim Miller (16-2):
Strengths: Miller is a good wrestler that has great cardio. He is never out of a fight but hasn’t been able to decisively put away his opponents. Miller is a great wrestler and has respectable striking skills, but like most lightweights, he is just a worker that is hard to finish. He has 10 submission wins to his credit, though he bring more a wrestler’s mentality to the octagon.
Weaknesses: Miller can continue to improve his striking and develop with kicks and knees but that shouldn’t be a big issue in this fight. Miller’s weakness has been against bigger wrestlers that can beat him at his own game. In this fight, Miller just needs to be cautious of submission attempts on the ground by Bocek, but his submission skills should have him prepared to defend those attempts.
Last Five Fights:
First round submission win over Duane Ludwig at UFC 108 on Jan. 2, 2010
Second round TKO win over Steve Lopez at UFC 103 Sept. 19, 2009
Unanimous decision win over Mac Danzig at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009
Unanimous decision loss to Gray Maynard at UFC 96 on March 7, 2009
Unanimous decision win over Matt Wiman at UFC Fight for the Troops on Dec. 10, 2008
Mark Bocek (8-2):
Strengths: Like Miller, Bocek is just a tough guy that likes to scrap. He has won his last three fights by rear-naked choke and just exhibits a pace that is hard for his opponents to keep with. His two UFC losses came against respectable opponents in Mac Danzig and Frankie Edgar, but he has always put up a good fight.
Weaknesses: Bocek, like Miller, can improve on his striking and also do a better job of mixing in kicks and knees. If this fight turns into a grappling match, that could play into Miller’s hands, so Bocek is going to have to find a way to keep the fight standing and land a big strike, which may not be in his list of capabilities.
Last Five Fights:
First round submission win over Joe Brammer at Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on Dec. 5, 2009
First round submission win over David Bielkheden at UFC 97 on April 18, 2009
First round submission win over Alvin Robinson at UFC 91 on Nov. 15, 2008
Third round submission loss to Mac Danzig at UFC 83 on April 19, 2008
Unanimous decision win over Douglas Evans at UFC 79 on Dec. 29, 2007
Who will win: Miller has fought tougher overall opponents and done better against common opponents than Bocek. Look for this fight to have a frantic pace, but ultimately for Miller to gain an edge on the ground and secure either a TKO win with ground and pound strikes or a submission via choke in the third round.
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Posted: 3/27/10 4:45PM ET