Michael Bisping had promised a finish inside the distance against Dan Miller but he didn’t come out all guns blazing in the first round despite an intense head-to-head staredown during the referees instructions.
Instead he looked to feel his way into the fight, and was successful in that regard as Miller appeared somewhat tentative himself and did not look for the takedown as had been predicted before-hand. Bisping did utilize good footwork though and fast hands to secure the opening round in his favor.
In the second Bisping came out looking more confident and began to throw his strikes with more venum and tagged Miller with some solid right hands. Miller has never been stopped though and despite being increasingly bloodied in the face he remained in the fight. The problem was that he wasn’t raising his intensity to match Bisping’s, and with his opponent shutting down his few and far between attempts at takedowns the fight was beginning to slip out of reach.
The third round continued in the same vein until finally Miller landed his first takedown of the night. Bisping has shown in the past that he has a good ability to get back to his feet, and indeed that once again proved to be the case as he pressed up against the cage and wall-walked back to his feet. The stand-up exchanges become more frantic towards the end, but both fighters survive until the final bell.
So Bisping didn’t get the knockout win that he desires, but he comfortably secures a unanimous decision victory to get back to winning ways in the middleweight division.
As for Miller, he drops to his third defeat in a row and knows that his future in the promotion is now under threat.