Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Frank Trigg were both victorious last night in their respective bouts, setting up a potential rematch of their ICON Sport middleweight title bout that took place just one year ago.
The 6,754 that packed into the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas saw a main event between Miller and Tim Kennedy live up to expectations as a very competitive bout. Kennedy came away with the first round on the scorecards, using superior striking and wrestling to keep Miller at bay. Kennedy came close to ending the fight when he secured Miller’s back and had an extended amount of time to try and sink in a rear naked choke. The opportunity was foiled when the horn sounded to end the round.
Both fighters came out of the gate firing away with punches and kicks to start the second. Kennedy (8-2) once again took control of Miller (20-5) from behind but Miller was able to reverse the position and put Kennedy on his back. Miller fired away with punches and elbows that opened up a nasty cut on the bridge of Kennedy’s nose. “Mayhem” started to pull away in the final stanza after securing an early takedown.
Kennedy’s cut was checked by ringside doctors on two different occasions but the bout was permitted to continue both times. The fight was restarted on the feet by the referee after the second check of the cut and gave Kennedy the opportunity to take Miller down. However Kennedy was unable to generate much offense because of multiple submission attempts by Miller. Miller rolled Kennedy to his back and pounded away on his opponent until the end of the fight. The judges convened and their scorecards all matched up as Miller was awarded a well-earned unanimous decision, finally avenging a loss to Kennedy earlier in his career.
When asked who he would like to take on in his next fight, Miller hysterically stated that he wouldn’t mind fighting HDNet Fights owner and famed billionaire Mark Cuban for each other’s wallets. While Cuban won’t be standing across the cage against Miller in his next fight, Trigg most likely will be.
Marcus Lanier def. Lee King - Submission (Armbar)
Liam McCarty def. Jason House - TKO (Cut)
Jay White def. Patrick Castillo - Submission (Armbar)
Nissen Osterneck def. Freddie Espiricueta - Submission (Strikes)
Corey Mahon def. Chris Bowles - Submision (Armbar)
Pete Spratt def. Tristan Yunker - TKO (Cut)
Krzysztof Soszynski def. Robert Villegas - Disqualification
Yves Edwards def. Alonzo Martinez - Submission (RNC)
Frank Trigg def. Edwin Dewees - Submission (Kimura)
Jason Miller def. Tim Kennedy- Unanimous Decision
Tonight we will be going live at 7:30 PM EST, covering HDNet Fights: Reckless Abandon with one of our patented live blogs. Be sure to leave some comments throughout the night…
While you are waiting for the event to start, feel free to check out our coverage of the event which includes interviews, weigh-in results, and much more:
HDNet Fights II Weigh-In Results
A Chance for Revenge and Mayhem in HD
RawVegas Interviews Mir and Trigg
Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween’ to Sponsor HDNet Fights
Report: Osterneck Tapped to Replace Dollaway
Dollaway Out of HDNetFights: Reckless Abandon
Report: Salmon Replaced Against Mayhem
Trigg-Dewees, Miller-Salmon Headline HDNet Fights
Jason Miller vs. Tim Kennedy
Frank Trigg vs. Edwin Dewees
Yves Edwards vs. Alonzo Martinez
Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Robert Villegas
Pete Spratt vs. Tristan Yunker
Cory Mahon vs. Chris Bowles
Freddie Espiricueta vs. Nissen Osterneck
Jason House vs Liam McCarty
Jay White vs. Patrick Castillo
Lee King vs. Marcus Lanier
When Jason “Mayhem” Miller and Tim Kennedy step into cage tomorrow night, it will be for the second time in their respective careers.
Kennedy earned a decision over Miller during an Extreme Challenge tournament back in February 2003. Since then, they have gone in completely different directions. Miller has become one of the top middleweights in mixed martial arts while Kennedy is a little more than a year back from another stint as an Army Ranger.
Throughout that time however, one thing has remained constant - Miller’s desire to avenge his loss against Kennedy. After Miller’s original opponent, Sean Salmon, was forced to pull out of the bout after being medically suspended by the California State Athletic Commission, HDNet Fights matchmaker Guy Mezger stepped up and delivered Miller a second chance against Kennedy.
The man they call “Mayhem” couldn’t be more excited.
“When Salmon got knocked out I think that I was more concerned about him turning out alright rather than me sulking about not having an opponent anymore,” said Miller. “HDNet Fights was able to score Tim for me and I couldn’t be happier.”
When reading up on the upcoming match-up between the two it’s obvious that both are fond of each other. Kennedy likes Miller. Mayhem respects Kennedy. Even though that might be the case, it doesn’t mean that Miller is going to take things lightly.
“I’m in this fight all the way,” stated Miller. “I’m definitely looking to get some revenge. He has a win over me so he must be pretty damn good. I respect him a lot. He’s a great fighter and a nice dude. He beat me back then but that was years ago. I like him but I’m going to beat him.”
Miller’s appearance inside the confines of a HDNet Fights event will be the first of his career in the promotion. His exit from the WEC earlier this year was pretty well known by the general public. His strategy however is not. To quote Vince McMahon, those who try to figure it out pretty much have “no chance in hell”.
“Oh, my game plan is top secret,” Miller said. “No one knows about that shit. It’s being guarded by the monkeys right now so anyone who tries to sneak a peek has no chance.”
Another bout on the card besides Miller-Kennedy is Frank Trigg making his return to active competition after a brief hiatus against Edwin Dewees. Trigg beat Miller last year to claim the ICON Sport middleweight belt. Could we see a Cuban-created rematch in the near future? Wins by both tomorrow night could increase the chances…
Tristan Yunker failed to make weight for his scheduled welterweight bout against Pete Spratt. Yunker weighed-in at 174 lbs at the weigh-ins and was only able to get down to 173 lbs following the allotted two-hour time limit.
Yunker will now forfeit a percentage of his purse to Spratt and the fight will take place at a catch weight of 173 lbs.
Jason Miller (186 lbs) vs. Tim Kennedy (185 lbs)
Frank Trigg (183 lbs) vs. Edwin Dewees (185 lbs)
Yves Edwards (156 lbs) vs. Alonzo Martinez (156 lbs)
Krzysztof Soszynski (204 lbs) vs. Robert Villegas (205 lbs)
Pete Spratt (170 lbs) vs. Tristan Yunker (174 lbs)
Cory Mahon (155 lbs) vs. Chris Bowles (154 lbs)
Freddie Espiricueta (184 lbs) vs. Nissen Osterneck (184 lbs)
Jason House (184 lbs) vs Liam McCarty (185 lbs)
Jay White (256 lbs) vs. Patrick Castillo (241 lbs)
Lee King (155 lbs) vs. Marcus Lanier (154 lbs)