Quick question: which fighter currently owns the third-longest active win streak in the UFC?
If you answered Jim Miller, you would be correct, as the New Jersey-born lightweight boasts seven consecutive wins to his credit.
This Sunday, at UFC on Versus 5, Miller (20-2) puts his streak and a possible shot at championship gold on the line against former WEC champion Ben Henderson in the co-main event.
Miller, though, is thinking about nothing except Henderson, as he knows anything can happen inside the cage.
“There is just so much going on that to get frustrated by it would just be silly and just lead to more stress,” Miller said, when asked during a teleconference about not taking fights when you are selected as a No. 1 contender. “So I just relax and take the fights as they come and just try to fight the best and beat them.”
Miller had done just that, reeling off those seven wins in a row since falling to Gray Maynard – who will meet Frankie Edgar for the UFC title later this year – in 2009.
Miller has two TKO wins, a pair of submission victories and three unanimous decision triumphs during his recent string, including a victory in his home state over Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128.
But Miller knows nothing will come easy for Henderson (13-2), who defeated Mark Bocek by decision at UFC 129.
And while UFC President Dana White wouldn’t fully commit to naming Miller the No. 1 contender should he defeat Henderson, that kind of win would make his resume very attractive.
“That makes sense,” Miller agreed, about becoming the top contender with a win.
UFC on Versus 5 takes place this Sunday, August 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle meet in the main event. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.