UFC lightweight fighter Jim Miller will be looking to increase his current UFC win streak to 5-0 when he takes on Gleison Tibau this Wednesday night at UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares. Miller recently spoke with NoBsing.us about the upcoming fight and about what dangers he is looking to avoid from Tibau.
Tibau is widely acknowledged to cut a large amount of weight for his 155lb contests, with some reports having him weigh upwards of 180 pounds by the time he rehydrates, eats and steps into the cage on fight night. Miller responded to questions about Tibau’s weight and said that he is not concerned with his opponent’s size and that he has been training against larger fighters throughout his career and this training camp.
“I train with a bunch of big guys in here,” Miller said. “I’m training with some of the best guys in the world that are bigger than me; that are bigger than him when he’ll step into the Octagon. Size is an advantage but up to a point. I think he overdoes it a little bit and it kind of shows when gets outpaced by guys. He can gas out and get pushed and I’m just gonna go in there and push. …I’ve dealt with guys that were a lot bigger than me stepping into the ring so I don’t really think size is that big of a deal.”
Miller will be pitting his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt against American Top Team product Tibau’s Wednesday night and is aware of the dangers that Tibau presents as an opponent. The New Jersey native is still confident in his skills, however, and truly believes that he will earn a victory over Tibau come Wednesday.
“I’m confident going into this fight,” said Miller. “Gleison is a tough opponent, I think he’s tough for anybody in the division. He’s no push over. He’s big. He’s dangerous with some subs so it’s not an easy fight. It’s definitely a difficult fight, one that I’ve prepared a lot for and have been taking seriously. I’m just trying to get myself ready and get in there to fight at 100 percent.”
UFC Fight Night 22: Marquardt vs. Palhares is going down this Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The fight card will air live on Spike TV and will precede the premier of The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck.