Micah Miller steps into the cage tomorrow night at WEC 35 in Las Vegas against Josh Grispi in a match that will definitely put the winner in the top of the heap in Urijah Faber’s featherweight division.
Miller, the 21 year-old younger brother of UFC standout Cole Miller, trains at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, FL, and has also enlisted the help of Juan Carlos Santana and his Institute of Human Performance.
He brings an impressive record of 9-2 into the fight against the Massachusetts native Josh Grispi, who is trained by South Shore Sport Fighting in Rockland, MA.
I caught up with Micah recently and talked to him about his training camp, social life, and future in the sport. These are some of the things he had to say:
On his training camp-
“Training camp went great, it was probably the toughest training camp I have ever done physically. For my skills, I mostly stayed over at ATT but for my strength and conditioning, I hooked up with Juan Carlos Santana at IHP and they put me through grueling workouts. I’ve never punished myself like I punished myself throughout this training camp.
On Cutting Weight-
“I don’t cut as much as some people probably think. The last time in Albuquerque they said I had missed weight but they had told the first six fighters that they over, the athletic commission didn’t know how to read the scales. The only time I really had trouble making weight was that fight with Cub Swanson. Making weight is not really that hard though, I’ve got it down pretty good now. Systematically where I’m at now is where I need to be and everything is going as planned so far.”
On the days leading up to a fight-
“I just bring some friends and training partners in, I don’t bring my coaches out. I’ll have my brother Cole, and our friend Blake Bowman who you saw on “TUF” season 6, and Yves Edwards will be coming out here tomorrow so we got a really good group of friends and training partners out here to corner me on Sunday. Really its all about making weight, I try to relax and recover from the weeks before, we do a little drilling, mitt work, punch the Thai pads, I don’t really hit the bag or anything, I’ll still roll a little bit but I’ll roll light , I try to break a sweat more than anything.”
On what he knows about Josh Grispi-
“Not much really, I know he’s 19 years old and he’s pretty tall for the weight like myself. I don’t know where he trains but I know that all his fights have ended in the 1st round, and I know he’s got a lot of submission wins but that’s about it.”
On a potential match-up of him and Urijah Faber-
“He’s the champion and I wouldn’t be any type of competitor if I didn’t see myself fighting him one day, obviously it has to be earned, but I can definitely see us fighting one day. A good performance on Sunday will probably not land me not in a title shot, but against someone who’s up there at the top of the heap. I’d like to fight guys who’ve been around the world and are big names in the sport.”
On his life outside of the cage-
“As far as my social life is concerned, the way I train makes it to pretty much where I don’t have one. I’ve given that up in hopes of one day being a champion. All the training that I do, its so exhausting, at the end of the day I don’t want to do anything, I don’t want to talk to anybody. I just have these goals set on my MMA game and I just follow those and don’t pay attention to anything else. Its just a choice that I’ve made.”
On training with his older brother Cole Miller-
“It’s great, we live together and we both have the same goals so we feed off each other and push each other to be the best we can be, he’s more experienced than I am so I definitely learn from him. Its easier to have that than to do it on your own.”
I was also able to get a few predictions from Micah on the three title fights that co-headline the card.
On Jamie Varner vs. Marcus Hicks-
“I’m going to have to go with Varner, overall he’s a very complete fighter, he can box he can kickbox he can wrestle, he’s got gas, his ground is probably the part of his game that’s not as strong as the others but he can definitely grapple, he’s just more complete.”
On Brian Stann vs. Steve Cantwell-
“I’m going with Stann. I don’t know much about Cantwell but I know that Stann trains with some studs over in Georgia at the Hardcore Gym, and I know he’s being pushed everyday so he’s definitely got the team to really help him so I’m going to go with him.”
On Carlos Condit vs. Hiromitsu Miura-
“I don’t know much about Miura, I heard he fought Mayhem and did pretty well, but I think Condit is running the weight class right now and I don’t think anybody can beat him. For anybody to beat him I think you’re going to have to go and find someone in the UFC.”
If there was one thing I took from my conversation with Micah, it would be focus. He seems as though he’s ready to crush mountains into gravel and pave the way towards a title shot. The Georgia native can take one step closer on Sunday night when he locks it up with Josh Grispi.
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