Jim Miller will return to the Octagon this weekend at UFC on FOX 15, and recently the lightweight contender had some pretty kind words for the man who stopped him in his last outing.
Yes, that man was Donald Cerrone, who took out Miller in the second round last July. Recently Miller spoke to UFC.com about his bout this Saturday with Beneil Dariush, and while doing so, he relayed the following about “Cowboy”.
“Cerrone is a good kid and a talented fighter,” Miller said. “He’s got stones. He hops into these fights and he’s capable to fight at that pace still. That’s being in training camp year round. I can’t fight at that pace anymore. I have been pretty lucky coming out of a fight completely injury free and able to fight a couple weeks later but those days are over. It’s fun to see though. It’s something I did early on and it’s something my brother Dan did too, taking fights on short notice. I’m rooting for Donald.”
Yup. There’s no question that Cerrone is a pretty remarkable case, in terms of durability, skill and heart. Of course, Miller has plenty of that as well.
When Miller throws down this Saturday, it will mark his 19th bout in the UFC. How the time flies. The New Jersey fighter has gone 13-4, with 1 no contest, to date in the Octagon. Now that’s how you become a top contender and stay there.
Dariush, meanwhile, has won three straight, and has certainly impressed while doing so. It should be a great fight.
Cerrone is booked to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov on May 23rd at UFC 187.
UFC on FOX 15 will be hosted by the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.