"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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