The UFC officially announced earlier this week that it will return to Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, Jan. 20 for the UFC’s first ever event on FX, UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller. The two-hour broadcast begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. and will be headlined by a lightweight contenders clash between Melvin Guillard and Jim Miller.
“For our first live event on FX, we wanted to deliver an incredible fight for the fans and Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller should be a war,” UFC President Dana White said. “These are two of the top ranked lightweights in the UFC and both have a lot on the line as they want to get back in the title picture. Miller is known for relentless pressure. There is absolutely no quit in him.
“He has won Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night awards. Melvin Guillard is one of the most explosive athletes in the lightweight division. He has won the Knockout of the Night award twice. I expect more awards to be won in this fight.”
Jim Miller, a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who holds wins over Kamal Shalorus, Mark Bocek, Matt Wiman and Duane Ludwig, has used his technique to control and finish many of his opponents during his impressive run in the UFC. After posting a seven-fight winning streak, Miller was positioned as the division’s top contender. Before he could get his chance at the belt though, the New Jersey native was beaten by former WEC lightweight champ Benson Henderson at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle this past August. Now, Miller looks to pick up where he left off and continue his dominance in the lightweight division.
One of the most exciting and explosive fighters in the sport, Melvin Guillard returns to the Octagon in hopes of igniting another run at UFC gold after suffering a loss to heavy underdog Joe Lauzon last month. With past wins over Dennis Siver, Jeremy Stephens, Evan Dunham and Shane Roller, “The Young Assassin” looks to bring his hard-hitting and crowd-pleasing style to Nashville. Guillard took criticism for not taking Lauzon seriously enough, and knows a win over Miller will return him to the thick of the 155-pound title hunt.
“The fans in Nashville better be ready for fireworks when me and Miller go at it,” Guillard said. “I see Fight of the Year written all over this one. I’ve got a lot of respect for him and I know how phenomenal he is inside the Octagon, but I’ve wanted this fight for a while and I’ll be ready. This is a great opportunity for me and I’m honored to be a part of history in headlining the first ever UFC on FX event.”
Tickets for UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller went on sale today and are available at the Bridgestone Arena box office or online at bridgestonearena.com. Tickets are also available online at www.TicketMaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at all Ticketmaster outlets including select Kroger locations.