UFC Vegas 74: Jim Miller Smokes Newcomer Jesse Butler in 23 Seconds

Jim Miller in his fight with Jesse Butler at UFC Vegas 74
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 03: Jim Miller is seen in the Octagon during a lightweight bout against Jesse Butler during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 03, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Making the walk to the octagon for the 42nd time — and extending his record for most UFC fights in the process — Jim Miller found himself with a short-notice opponent at UFC Vegas 74 on Saturday.

With Jared Gordon pulled from the fight after revealing he had suffered concussion-like symptoms following his last bout, it was the little-known Jesse Butler stepping up on two days’ notice to salvage the bout.

To start the fight the pair touched gloves and Butler started it off with a jab followed by a head kick. Miller rushed in and threw a couple of left hands, landing a devastating left hand that folded Jesse Butler just 23 seconds into the fight for his 36th professional win.

Jim Miller is 4-1 in his last five fights and it is looking more than likely that he will make it to UFC 300, which he has stated is his current goal.

“I appreciate the heck out of Jesse, he came in here on just over two days’ notice, which take some stones, man. I’m glad he stepped in here, because I needed a dance partner,” Miller said following the fight, later adding that “when I’m on, I’m dangerous for anybody in the world.”

What a huge win for the legend Jim Miller and props to Jesse Butler for taking a chance to fight him on two days’ notice. Miller not only extended his record for most UFC fights in the bout, but also most UFC wins with 25. At 23 seconds, the knockout finish was also the fastest of Miller’s career.

Official Result: Jim Miller def. Jesse Butler by knockout (punch), Round 1, 0:23


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