Although UFC President Dana White recently announced that the winner of the May 25th bout between Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant will fight for the lightweight title next, perennial contender Jim Miller intends to change his mind.
Miller is set to take on Pat Healy at UFC 159 this Saturday, and the lightweight is hoping to entrench a rematch with champion Benson Henderson, by scoring an impressive win over the former Strikeforce contender. Speaking to MMA Junkie.com Radio, the 29 year-old Miller relayed:
“It all comes down to timing and performances,” said Miller. “I’m looking to make a statement on Saturday night. I’m hoping Dana forgets all the things he just said about the Maynard-Grant fight. It’s happened before. Nothing’s guaranteed about a No. 1 contender spot. I might (have to do some talking). But I plan on making some noise with my fists and my elbows and my knees.”
Although Miller is just one fight removed from a submission loss to Nate Diaz, as he scored a unanimous decision win over Joe Lauzon in December, he understands how the UFC works. Title shots and number one contender spots have an interesting way of evaporating into thin air, if another top ranked fighter comes along and impresses the MMA masses.
Will Miller be able to do that Saturday? Could be tough sledding. As Miller also acknowledged during the interview, Healy is one “tough dude.” Just ask Caros Fodor, Maximo Blanco, and Mizuto Hirota, amongst a host of other notable vets.
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