AMA Fight Club team member Jim Miller has flown under the radar in the UFC lightweight division, despite having one of the best records over top competition in the weight class. Following his impressive UFC 124 submission win over Charles Oliveira, Miller called for his due and a title shot. Speaking during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio, Miller explained why he called for the shot and why he believes he is deserving of the opportunity.
“It was something I was thinking about, and it was the heat of the moment, too,” Miller told MMAWeekly of his demand for a title shot. “I honestly feel that my name should have been in the talks for the top of the division, and contendership fights, and title fights, and things like that, and it hadn’t happened. I want it to be the way I fight that gets me that recognition, and hopefully it was that performance really. I was just kind of letting off a little steam after.”
As far as his status as the division’s top contender, Miller believes it to be non-debatable that he has developed the best record in the weight class, outside of the current number one contender and champion, and is therefore the logical next in line.
“It’s a fact [that I’m at the top of the division],” Miller asserted. “The only guys that beat me, beat me by decision, and they’re No. 1 and No. 2. Frankie (Edgar’s) only loss is to Gray (Maynard). Gray’s undefeated. My only two losses are to them. So why are there five, six, seven guys people always say between me and those top two guys? I feel that I should be right up there, and there’s no reason people shouldn’t have me as No. 3.”
Gray Maynard will receive the next shot at Edgar’s lightweight belt and it is presumed that WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will get the first shot at the winner of that bout. Though he believes he is ready and deserving and would take a title shot were it offered, Miller told MMAWeekly that he would also be happy taking on any of the fighters currently considered to be among the division’s best.
“I’d love the next shot at the title. I’d love a shot at (Kenny) Florian when he’s healthy, or (Sean) Sherk, or I really would have liked them not to have given (George) Sotiropoulos (someone) so quickly,” he said. “I know they’re trying to build up the Australian market, but to me a fight between me and him makes sense.”
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