The UFC’s lightweight division got a recent injection of talent thanks to the company folding Strikeforce fighters into the mix and the crop of competitors have fared well so far, taking out a few established veterans and turning in hard-fought efforts even in defeat. The next 155er to complete the transition is Pat Healy who will mix it up with Jim Miller this Saturday night at UFC 159.
Miller is well-aware of Healy’s abilities and doesn’t plan on letting “Bam Bam” emulate the success of his predecessors. In fact, the New Jersey native is out to prove a point when the two tussle.
“I love fighting, I really do, and I’m excited. Pat is a tough opponent – very good grappler, very good wrestler and just keeps pressing forward. It’s gonna be a tough fight. I’ve gotta fight my game plan, my style of fighting, and not let him impose his will,” explained Miller of his approach to Healy in a recent interview with Rebellion Media. “I definitely think there are some similarities. I think I have better striking and I’m quicker, so I’m gonna try and use my strengths and capitalize; try to make a statement with this fight.”
Based on Miller’s assessment it seems clear he isn’t overlooking Healy even if he’s confident in his chances of success. At the end of the day, Miller understands Healy is a game opponent even if fans don’t necessarily know who he is based on the amount of time he’s spent outside of the Octagon.
“Strikeforce has been around for awhile and brought a lot of talented fighters into this organization, so he’s just another world-class fighter I get to fight inside the cage,” offered Miller on his opponent.
Miller holds an overall record of 22-4 who has come out triumphant nine of his last eleven efforts. Comparably, Healy is 29-16 and is on a six-fight winning streak. Fans can catch them on the PPV portion of the card.
Check out the full interview with Miller below:
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