An intriguing lightweight matchup between Gray Maynard and Jim Miller has been added to UFC 96, which is set to take place in Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena on March 7.
MMA Weekly was first to report the potential matchup and FiveOuncesOfPain.com has since confirmed the news with sources close to the fight.
Miller, who trains out of the AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, is 2-0 since making his UFC debut at UFC 89 in October. Facing David Baron, Miller submitted the Frenchman at 3:19 of round 3.
He recorded his second Octagon victory on just one week’s notice during last month’s “UFC Fight for the Troops” event after recording a unanimous decision win over Matt Wiman. The bout earned the UFC’s “Fight Night Bonus” as its “Fight of the Night.”
Overall, Miller is 13-1 with notable wins outside the UFC against Muhsin Corbbrey, James “Binky” Jones, Chris Liguori, Nuri Shakir, Anthony Morrison, and Bart Palaszewski.
Maynard trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and is 6-0 with four of his victories having come in the UFC. The former college wrestling standout holds notable wins over Joe Veres, Dennis Siver, and Frankie Edgar. His most recent victory was at UFC 90 this past October, where he was awarded a unanimous decision win against Rich Clementi.
Maynard and Miller have a common opponent in Edgar, who Maynard was able to defeat but Miller lost to when the two New Jersey-based fighters met at Reality Fighting 14 in October of 2006. The loss is the only blemish on Miller’s record and the fight was a closely contested bout that went to the judges.
In addition to Maynard vs. Miller, other bouts expected for UFC 96 include heavyweights Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga along with a middleweight matchup between Kendall Grove and Jason Day.