Jim Miller will be part of the UFC‘s year-end extravaganza at UFC 168. The veteran lightweight will look to re-establish his top 10 standing within the 155 pound weight class when he squares off against Fabricio Camoes. Miller is fresh off a no-contest verdict against Pat Healy at UFC 159. In a tremendously intense battle, Miller was choked out by Healy in the third and final round. “Bam Bam’s” win was overturned when he tested positive for marijuana in the post-fight drug test.
Miller is a fan favorite, because he’s been involved in a number of tremendous scraps in the Octagon. He was close to a title shot back in 2011, but saw a seven fight win streak derailed in a decision loss to former lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Miller also dropped a title eliminator in 2012, losing by submission to Nate Diaz.
Miller’s fierce, bloody victory against Joe Lauzon was a classic at UFC 155. He’s also faced the likes of Gray Maynard and Melvin Guillard in his lengthy UFC tenure. Miller is an impressive 11-3-and-1 in his UFC career, and a solid bounce back victory against Camoes would definitely earn him a higher profile bout moving forward.
As for the Brazilian, Camoes is in his second stint with the organization. He’s had a lengthy period of inactivity, however, as his last fight was a decision loss to Guillard at UFC 148 in July of 2012. It was a setback after Camoes had made a successful return with a submission victory against Tommy Hayden. Camoes has seven submission victories in his fourteen career wins.
This one should be an entertaining affair, as Miller’s presence pretty much assures that. Camoes will definitely have to bring plenty of grit and determination to this affair on Dec. 28 in order to hang with one of the UFC’s ultimate grinders in Miller. Miller can’t afford a setback in this one if he wants to prove that he remains one of the organization’s top lightweights.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports