It may seem not seem like it, by MMA standards, but it wasn’t long ago when Jim Miller had won seven straight fights and was one of the UFC’s fastest rising lightweights. Then in August, 2011, he came up short against future champ Benson Henderson, and Miller has gone 2-2 since (this includes his ‘no-contest’ bout versus Pat Healy).
Now of course, considering that Miller’s recent losses have come against top tier competition in Henderson, Healy and Nate Diaz, it would be foolish to suggest that the 30 year-old isn’t still ridiculously tough. That said, if he loses to Fabricio Camoes at UFC 168 next Saturday, then Miller could exit the UFC’s top ten rankings (he’s currently #10).
Well, in a recent interview with MMA Junkie.com Radio, here is some of what Miller had to say about his current predicament, and how he’s learned from his mistakes over the last few years.
“I’ve done the work to put myself in the Top 10 in this division, and it’s going to take a bit to get me out of there,” he said. “I’m still here, and as long as my body cooperates, I’ll prove that I belong and prove I can beat these guys.”
“I’m feeling better than I’ve felt in more than a year, and I’m ready to mix it up,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I used to train like a 24-year-old and go in there and push hard and go basically as hard as you can go. But I’ve learned a lot of lessons and from the mistakes I’ve made in training. Now I focus on technique.”
Miller also added that this time off (his bout with Healy took place in April) has allowed him to heal up from some nagging injuries. It’s going to be interesting to see how he looks versus Camoes, and what type of strategy he looks to employ versus the BJJ Black Belt.
UFC 168 will take place December 28th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.