The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to us tonight, June 3, 2023, for UFC on ESPN 46, going down live from the UFC Apex in Enterprise, Nevada.
Headlining the event is a highly anticipated flyweight encounter between no. 3 ranked Kai Kara-France (24-10, 1 NC) and no. 7 ranked Amir Albazi (16-1).
Co-headlining the event is a featherweight bout between Alex Caceres (20-13, 1 NC) and Daniel Pineda (28-14, 3 NC).
Our feature fight of the evening came in the lightweight division between the winningest fighter in promotional history Jim Miller (35-17, 1 NC) and debutant Jesse Butler (12-4).
Miller was originally slated to face Ludovit Klein at this event. However, Klein withdrew from the bout on May 19 with an illness and was replaced by Jared Gordon. In turn, Gordon was also forced to withdraw from the contest as a result of not being medically cleared, and was ultimately replaced by Butler, a 13-3 amateur that came into the bout on a five-fight win streak.
Continue reading to see how this lightweight encounter went down:
Official Result: Jim Miller def. Jesse Butler via KO (punches) at :23 of round one
Miller takes the center once the bout begins, and it doesn’t take long for him to secure another finish as he beautifully, yet brutally KO’s Butler in less than 30 seconds.
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Jim Miller extends his records for the most fights in UFC history (42), as well as the most wins in UFC history (25). He also extends his record for the most wins in UFC lightweight history (22), and now holds the second place record for most finishes in UFC history (17) with his fastest career finish tonight at UFC on ESPN 46.
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