Jim Miller is one of the UFC's top lightweights and fifeteen fights in his career finds himself in the top ten, but needs a win streak to make another title run. Longevity is hard to come by in the UFC, but Miller is hoping to make it another fifeteen fights before he's done:
“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.”
Whether or not those changes in training will have the New Jersey native still rolling along as a contender well into his 30s remains to be seen.
Miller won’t rule anything out, but he’d love to one day be the standard-bearer for MMA longevity – now that he has hit on a new way to get ready for fights like the one against Camoes.
“The fights do wear on you,” he said. “I’ve got 15 fights in the UFC, and there aren’t a lot of guys who have more than 20. I’d love to be the exception and fight till I have 30 fights in the UFC, but there’s that realistic part of the brain that knows I have had a lot of tough fights and fought some really tough competition. It takes something out of you.”
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