Jim Miller
Gets another fight in April
March 14, 2019
Miller will take on Jason Gonzalez in a lightweight matchup at UFC Fort Lauderdale on April 27, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Miller is the owner of a storied fighting career but has now dropped five of his last six overall. Recognizing a declining skill set, UFC matchmakers will hand him a 29-year-old opponent that is 1-2 in three UFC fights. Miller is lightyears ahead in terms of experience, but will be giving up four inches in height and three inches in reach to the California-based fighter. While the takedown defense of Miller appears to be fading, Gonzalez has yet to record a takedown in his three UFC bouts, so this could be a good matchup for the gritty veteran.
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Gets finished quickly in rematch
December 15, 2018
Miller lost to Charles Oliveira via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:15 of Round 1 at UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday.
Miller barely had time to adjust his fight shorts in this one, as he threw a kick that allowed his opponent to get the body lock which ultimately led to a choke. Miller said after winning his last fight that he was finally free of the effects of Lyme Disease but he simply couldn't compete with the younger, stronger fighter on this night, eight years after defeating him by submission. Miller falls to 23-19 as a result of the loss, having lost five of his last six bouts.
Set to fight Charles Oliveira in Milwaukee
November 7, 2018
Miller will face Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee on Dec. 15, MMAFighting.com reports.
Miller is looking to win consecutive fights for the first time since 2016 after defeating Alex White via first-round submission (rear-naked choke) in his last trip to the octagon (at UFC 228 in September). His opponent, Oliveira, is coming off a first-round submission over Christos Grigos at UFC Sao Paulo in September. Miller prevailed in the first round when the two met all the way back in 2010.
Staves off retirement with first-round submission win at UFC 228
September 8, 2018
Miller defeated Alex white via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:29 of Round 1 at UFC 228 on Saturday in Dallas.
This was a huge performance for Miller. He dropped White early in the first round with an over-hand combination. From there, he continued to throw punches from the top until he locked in the rear-naked choke and finished the fight. Miller is clearly nearing the end of his career, but he looked solid in this fight. With a loss many expected Miller to hang up the gloves, but with the win, he will likely continue.
Suspended indefinitely following brutal KO
April 24, 2018
Miller has been suspended indefinitely pending a CT scan of his head and orbital bones following his loss to Dan Hooker at UFC Atlantic City, MMAFighting.com reports.
Miller has long been a staple on the UFC roster, but this loss was quite difficult to watch. He was completely out on his feet following the vicious knee from Hooker, who followed it up with a punch square to the jaw of Miller before the referee was able to step in. Like any fighter that suffered a KO loss, he's been ordered to 21 days without contact. Miller will also have to sit a minimum of 60 days, and receive medical clearance from any serious head injuries.
Release possible after fourth straight loss.
April 21, 2018
Miller lost to Dan Hooker via KO (knee) 3:00 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Atlantic City.
Miller made his UFC debut at UFC 189 nearly a decade ago, but it's possible this could be the loss (his fourth straight) that finally leads to his release. It's been years since Miller could win anything other than a grinding mat battle and this was further proof that he can no longer compete against younger, more athletic opponents. Hooker blasted him with a perfectly placed knee to the face that Miller had no chance of recovering from. Saturday was Miller's 29th appearance with the UFC, which ties him with former UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping for most in company history. Miller has been a good soldier and a good fighter for a lot of years, but his time has passed.