Jim Miller has been around the sport of MMA long enough to know that with each victory, a move closer to the top is secured. Wednesday night, Miller takes on Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC Fight Night.
Miller (24-4) is unbeaten in his last four, including back-to-back submission victories over Yancy Medeiros and Fabricio Camoes. With Cerrone, though, he has the chance to really put himself in the thick of things at lightweight.
“It keeps my career moving in the right direction,” said Miller, during a recent appearance on UFC Tonight. “Donald is a tough opponent and those are the guys I’m looking to fight. I need to get the win and keep on rolling forward.”
After putting together a seven-fight win streak stretching from 2009-11, Miller was matched up with Benson Henderson. He lost via decision, halting any hopes of scoring his first title shot in the UFC.
“I was raking up fights pretty quickly. I’ve had 18 in under six years,” he said. “It’s a fast pace at this level of competition. I was fighting top competition and the training camps were catching up for me. I was getting banged up.”
With the chance to main event a show in New Jersey, and against an opponent as well known as “Cowboy,” Miller is embracing the opportunity to shine in the spotlight.
“I want to put on another dominant performance,” he said. “In the last two fights, my opponents didn’t get out of the first round. I’m looking to put him away early.”