Jim Miller argues for number three status in lightweight division

by Dann Stupp | source: mmajunkie.com

"Coming into the fight, I was trying to gain a little respect, to be honest," Miller told MMAjunkie.com after the fight. "We went into the fight with him being the favorite, which I really didn't understand. Before tonight, I was 7-1 in the UFC, and my only losses were to guys who are (No.) 1 and 2 in the division.

Those losses – to Edgar at a 2006 regional show and Maynard at UFC 96 – both came via decision, meaning Miller still hasn't been stopped in his five-year career. But with recent wins over the likes of Mac Danzig, Mark Bocek and Gleison Tibau, Miller couldn't understand his underdog status to Oliveira, a Brazilian who splashed onto the UFC scene earlier this year with submission wins over Darren Elkins and Efrain Escudero.

"I knew he was talented and dangerous, and he's got a big future ahead of him, but I knew that I've fought a lot tougher guys than he has," Miller said. "I was trying to leave my mark and really get after him and do what I'm capable of doing."

Did the oddsmakers and fans' apparent slight force a chip on his shoulder?

"A little bit," Miller admitted. "I'm not going to lie. It does eat at me a little bit. I've done nothing to show I shouldn't be No. 3 behind No. 1 and No. 2 (at 155 pounds). I've beaten all-comers. I'm here, and I'm fighting, and I want my shot at revenge."

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shootfightermike site profile image  

6/7/11 7:25 PM by shootfightermike


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6/6/11 7:06 AM by JustBlogGuy

Miller didn't diss the WEC fighters. He said two things that people turned into "slamming" the WEC: 1) some of the guys coming over were going to find they were in over their heads in the deeper division; 2) the UFC champ was going to beat the WEC champ when they fought.Well, the first one is obviously true, and I don't think anyone will deny there are some guys that may have kept a job in the WEC who will be bounced without their first UFC win do to the increased competitiveness. The second one, well, the WEC champ just lost to a UFC gatekeeper in his debut, so it's a safe bet he was probably right about that one, too.

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6/5/11 10:31 PM by JustBlogGuy

The scorecards and anyone that knows how to score fights begs to differ. What was Bocek's second round? Winning one scramble out of a submission to take your opponent's back, then doing nothing with it, doesn't somehow magically win you points in the other two rounds of the fight.

1armedScissor site profile image  

6/5/11 9:30 PM by 1armedScissor

lol!  Miller lost to Bocek.  Guida vs Maynard for #1

TheSaver site profile image  

6/5/11 9:19 PM by TheSaver

Bendo is going to make him pay for dissing the WEC fighters.

shootfightermike site profile image  

6/5/11 9:04 PM by shootfightermike

 finally dana is gonna recognize

Brian McLaughlin site profile image  

3/25/11 2:43 AM by Brian McLaughlin


TheGARV site profile image  

3/21/11 10:08 PM by TheGARV

 Time for Miller's title shot. 

Mr Sponge site profile image  

3/21/11 10:06 PM by Mr Sponge

I think miller could beat frankie and gray now