Two solid lightweights coming off impressive victories will square off at UFC 172 in Baltimore. A stacked card set for April 26 has gotten even better with the addition of a bout between Bobby Green and Jim Miller.
Green passed his toughest Octagon test to date when he was able to get by Pat Healy via a unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 9. As for Miller, the veteran got back on track with an impressive first round submission victory over Fabricio Camoes at UFC 168.
“King” goes from one difficult veteran to another in facing the dangerous Miller. Green should be heading into this contest with tremendous confidence, as he has put together a seven fight winning streak. His victory over Healy made him a perfect 3-0 inside the Octagon, as he has also posted wins against Jacob Volkmann and James Krause. Green has showcased a crisp striking game and will need to be at his best to keep his impressive win streak alive against the proven veteran. Another victory would likely see the No. 12 ranked Green climbing into the top-10 rankings.
Miller has been a fixture in the division for several years and has compiled an impressive 12-3 record in the UFC. His fights tend to produce plenty of excitement, as he has netted six bonuses for Fight and Submission of the Night. One of his more memorable bouts took place in 2012 when he won a bloody affair against Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 in one of the best fights of the year. Miller is currently ranked No. 9 and is hoping to continue working his way up the ladder. The closest he ever came to getting a title shot with the promotion was when he lost a title eliminator against Nate Diaz back at UFC on FOX 3. Miller is known for his durability, toughness and a slick and highly dangerous submission game that has produced 13 finishes.
This is an attractive 155-pound matchup between a fighter who is looking to make his mark in the division against a competitor who has been a perennial top-10 contender. Green continues to be pushed by getting better competition with each passing fight, while Miller has faced many of the division’s best in a lengthy tenure with the organization. It has the makings to be a highly entertaining battle and it will be intriguing to see whether Green can continue his surge or whether the rugged Miller will prove to be too much for him.