Jim Miller turned in another impressive effort at UFC 172 this past weekend and has his sights firmly set on one of the division’s hottest commodities. The Octagon veteran, who submitted Yancy Medeiros in the first round in Baltimore, wants a shot at undefeated sensation Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov has started his career with an impressive 22-fight win streak and is a perfect 6-0 in the UFC. His most recent performance was a dominant decision victory over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on FOX 11. The former Combat Sambo world champion is ranked No. 5 in the promotion and has already started campaigning for a title shot.
Unfortunately, like every other contender, Nurmagomedov will have to play a lengthy waiting game as champion Anthony Pettis won’t be defending his title until late December against Gilbert Melendez. Those two will be coaches on The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 before fighting at the organization’s year-end event.
“The Eagle” is going to have to take another fight before then, and Miller would shape up as a tremendous test. Nurmagomedov has 14 finishes by way of knockout and submission, and he has steamrolled all of his Octagon opponents. The gritty Miller would be a solid challenge for his immense skills.
Miller certainly isn’t intimidated by Nurmagomedov’s impressive grappling-heavy style that has seen him wear down his UFC opposition while completely negating their attacks. The New Jersey native has faced many of the organization’s best during a 17-fight Octagon tenure that includes 13 wins. Miller possesses a good stand-up game, a wrestling background and tremendous submission skills. His solid all-around game would give him a chance to pull off the upset against the surging Russian.
Hopefully the UFC will give the veteran his wish and make this fight a reality. Miller’s been involved in a number of exciting bouts during the course of his career and is deserving of getting an opportunity to try to derail the Nurmagomedov hype.
It would be a fight that would have major ramifications for the 155-pound division, because if “The Eagle” can get by Miller, he would emerge as the top candidate to face the Pettis-Melendez winner.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports