Jim Miller made his claim to remain among the elite in the UFC’s lightweight division, surviving several big knees from Melvin Guillard to lock in a rear-naked choke at 2:04 of the first round of the main event of UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller.
Miller (21-3) had his seven-fight win streak snapped at the hands of Benson Henderson this past August, causing him to lose a shot at UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. With Guillard coming off a defeat as well, Miller knew this was a key bout for his future.
“He hits hard, and I think there are a lot of guys in this weight class and the one above us that don’t want to fight that kid,” said Miller, of Guillard. “I just found a way to the back because it is something I always try to do and I secured the position.”
Miller was dropped by Guillard after “The Young Assassin” went on the assault, but Miller never lost his composure and waited for the right opportunity to strike. Now, the New Jersey native will wait and see what the UFC has in store for him next.
“I am very confident that I am the most dangerous lightweight in the world,” Miller said.
While waiting to find out his next opponent, Miller will continue doing everything he can to help his nephew, Daniel Miller, Jr., out, as the youngster finds a severe kidney problem.
“It is so gratifying, that all the fans, the UFC, everybody; I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart, from my family. We love you guys, thank you so much for your generosity,” Miller said.