Over his last seven bouts, Jim Miller has taken out everyone that the UFC has thrown at him.
The 20-2 New Jersey native has been hanging around the top of the lightweight division and has for some time now been due a title shot. Despite having been repeatedly passed over as a number one contender, Miller remains patient and diligent, his eyes placed only on what lay directly ahead.
Currently, he’s set to face former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson later this month at “UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle” and he’s doing his best not to get caught up on anything other than the fight itself. They way he sees it, everything else is immaterial.
“I haven’t been told that explicitly,” Miller told MMAJunkie.com when asked if he would finally get a title shot with a win over Smooth. “In this business, you never know what’s going to happen. If (Clay) Guida had finished Anthony (Pettis), he might have gotten the shot. Depending on how our fight goes, if I win, how the win goes –- it all depends. They (could) bring (Gilbert) Melendez over from Strikeforce.
“So much could happen. It’s such a fluid division, and there are quite a few guys who have built themselves up. I try not to focus on any of that, and focus at the task at hand.”
Miller believes that has what it takes to become the UFC lightweight champion. So, instead of endlessly calling out the current belt holder, the 27-year-old intends to keep on beating whoever is put in his way to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he’s deserving. By his estimation, if he can’t do that, then he doesn’t have what it takes to be the champ.
“I’m a person that wants a challenge,” he said. “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 my way up to that point I should be able to beat. I’ll just keep fighting. If they throw me in there against somebody else, then so be it.”
Miller will meet Henderson this August 14 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.