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Radio Rewind: Jim Miller
By: Luca Fury
Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Sunday for another edition of 'The Rewind.'Read more
In the 'Sunday Sitdown' Jack was joined by Jim Miller. The UFC lightweight discussed topics such as his father as an almost cartoon figure in his life, how he views parenthood, his biggest fear, brewing his own beer and dealing with losing a fight.
Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.
SRN Rewind: Jim Miller
By: Jack Encarnacao
Jim Miller can brew you a beer, he can fix your refrigerator and he can kick your ass.
He’s thought about what he would do if a Columbine-style massacre broke out at his high school. He fights to have fun. The only time he’s knocked a man out cold was way before he started training in mixed martial arts. This and many other stories paint the picture of who the UFC lightweight is and what he’s about.
A week after his Jan. 20 opponent, Melvin Guillard, joined the Sherdog Radio Network “Rewind” to tell his story, get know the other half of the UFC on FX “Guillard vs. Miller” main event. Jim Miller -- a fighter, father, brother, storyteller -- shares the experiences that made him who he on the latest “Sunday Sitdown,” Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on the Sherdog Radio Network.
Miller Welcomes ‘Tough Road’ to Title
By: Sherdog.com Staff
On a seven-fight winning streak, AMA Fight Club standout Jim Miller will face former WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the UFC Live 5 co-headliner on Sunday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. A victory there could propel Miller into a lightweight title bout -- an opportunity for which he has waited longer than expected. The 27-year-old discussed his situation and approach during a pre-fight teleconference:Read more
“I want the tough road. I want to fight all the best guys, and if I feel like I can be the UFC champ, then whoever they’re going to stick in my way on the way up to that point I should be able to beat. So I’ll just keep fighting. If I can pull out a win on [Aug.] 14 then, you know, if they tell me they’re going to throw me in there with somebody else, then so be it. I like to stay active and keep fighting and have that motivation to improve and just light a fire under my ass and be in the gym and try to get better every day.”
Miller, Brenneman Sign 4-Fight Extensions with UFC
By: Mike Whitman
Jim Miller | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
It was a good day for AMA Fight Club, as the New Jersey gym announced that two of its top products -- lightweight contender Jim Miller and welterweight competitor Charlie Brenneman -- have signed four-fight contract extensions with the UFC.
Sherdog.com confirmed the news with AMA manager Mike Constantino on Wednesday after Constantino posted about the deals on Facebook.
Beaten only twice in his pro career, Miller has won six straight bouts in the UFC and holds an overall record of 8-1 inside the Octagon. The younger brother of UFC middleweight Dan Miller, Jim’s only losses have come to the 155-pound division’s top two competitors: champion Frankie Edgar and No. 1 contender Gray Maynard. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is fresh off a spectacular “Submission of the Night” performance against rising star Charles Oliveira at UFC 124 in Montreal.
Brenneman comes off a dominant performance against Amilcar Alves at UFC “Fight for the Troops 2,” in which “The Spaniard” used his superior wrestling to grind out a unanimous decision victory. The 29-year-old was also successful in his March UFC debut, outpointing Jason High. Sandwiched between his victories, however, was a TKO defeat to tenacious wrestler Johny Hendricks at UFC 117. The Pennsylvania native has finished four of his 12 career victims by knockout or submission. Read more
Primer: UFC Fight Night 22
By: Jake Rossen
Nate Marquardt file photo: Dave Mandel | Sherdog.com
A little nip and tuck here and there and it’s entirely possible the UFC will one day be broadcasting biweekly or weekly fight cards, completing their assimilation of pro wrestling marketing. Shave down those 10- or 11-bout pay-per-views, absorb the WEC and recruit some of the global talent they’re grooming for international expansion, and you’ve got at least 26 weeks of programming.
Until then, you’ll have to settle for Wednesday’s broadcast of UFC Fight Night 22, headlined by Nate Marquardt mixing it up with Rousimar Palhares. Marquardt was last seen suffering a debilitating, contender-nicking loss to Chael Sonnen; Palhares drew some heat for cranking a submission on Tomasz Drwal after a tap. While Palhares has only lost to Dan Henderson in the Octagon, his other opposition has been less than stellar: Marquardt represents a quantum step in competition since Henderson. The story of how Palhares responds to those new demands on his ability is probably the most intriguing of the night.
What: UFC Fight Night 22, a 10-bout card from the Frank Irvin Center in Austin, Texas
When: Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. ET on Spike Read more
Miller Awarded BJJ Black Belt
By: Brian Knapp
UFC lightweight contender Jim Miller on Monday became the fourth Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie disciple Jamie Cruz, according to officials with the AMA Fight Club in Whippany, N.J.Read more
The 27-year-old Miller has rattled off four consecutive victories since his unanimous decision loss to the unbeaten Gray Maynard at UFC 96. He last appeared in March, when he earned a unanimous nod over Mark Bocek at UFC 111. Miller owns other notable victories against Duane Ludwig, Matt Wiman and Bart Palaszewski. He will square off with American Top Team standout Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 22 on Sept. 15 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Miller -- who has secured more than half (10) of his 17 career victories by submission -- trains alongside his brother, former International Fight League middleweight champion Dan Miller, and UFC veterans Charlie Brenneman, Ricardo Romero and Rafaello Oliveira at the AMA Fight Club.
UFC’s Jim Miller: Not a Sports Entertainer
By: Jake Rossen
The role of combat sports in determining The Best Fighter Ever, Ever, Ever does not, as some would have you believe, come at the exclusion of revenue. Fighters do not exist in a vacuum. They do not fight, Bronson-style, in alleys and dilapidated shipping docks. They fight because an audience is paying to see them fight. Those funds subsidize a prize. This is why it is called prizefighting and not charity fighting or honor fighting.
(Fighting for honor is great: just don’t tell your HMO you broke your foot on a guy’s head because “he was looking at my woman.”)
Some athletes still insist on having an existential crisis. Take Jim Miller, UFC lightweight, who recently disposed of Duane Ludwig. Miller told Fanhouse’s Ariel Helwani that he is of no particular mind to “entertain” a crowd. “If we hit the mat and the people are booing, it’s the fans who don’t quite understand the sport yet,” he said.
Ack. Rule number one of audience relations: never, ever blame them for anything. That “customer is always right” crap is pacifier-sucking consumer coddling at its worst, but people believe it. It’s always better to humor them.
Besides, Miller assumes that audiences are getting vocal because they don’t “get” what’s happening. Fans have gotten a considerable education in the details of grappling in recent years: hours and hours of weekly footage on Spike has made that possible. It’s not uncommon to hear wizened crowds cheering subtle escapes and submission attempts. With spectators more patient than ever (at least in some markets), if you hear boos, you are either standing perfectly still or taking between two and four rounds to remember your job description.
Any lull or boredom in fighting comes down to one thing: broken engagement. Fighting involves personal risk. If that’s not a concession you can make, then you’re essentially expecting to make a career out of extended self-defense demonstrations. Not that lucrative. Read more
Miller, Ellenberger on Wins at UFC 108
Video courtesy of UFC.com. Read more