Jim Miller


Excellent showing as underdog
June 20, 2020
Miller defeated Roosevelt Roberts via submission (Armbar) at 2:25 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Miller struggles these days in anything other than a prolonged ground battle, but he can still school youngsters on the mat and that's where the entirety of this bout took place. Making a remarkable 35th appearance with the UFC, Miller forced Roberts to the mat in the early going when the latter appeared to lose his balance, and it was academic from there. Roberts did a nice job of trying to work his way back to his feet, but Miller transitioned to the armbar beautifully and the fight was over shortly thereafter. That win will also result in a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus. Miller now has 10 submission victories in the UFC (Charles Oliveira holds the all-time company record with 14).
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Added to June 20 lineup
June 9, 2020
Miller will face Roosevelt Roberts in a lightweight matchup on June 20 at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Miller is coming off a loss in his most recent fight against Scott Holtzman back in February. Miller had won fights against Clay Guida and Jason Gonzalez prior. Roberts will be competing for the second time in three weeks, and his consideration as a top prospect should make Miller a sizable betting underdog.It's a bit of curious matchmaking, as Miller is a veteran that's generally tough to put away, but the matchup seems quite lopsided on paper.
Drops decision in Rio Rancho
February 15, 2020
Miller lost to Scott Holtzman via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Rio Rancho.
Miller looked to be in rhythm early, but after missing on a takedown that was met with a big counter uppercut, Holtzman started to find his range. The two continued to exchange and connect, and while Holtzman had Miller bleeding from the nose, Miller met him with a heavy left at the end of the round. Entering the second round with a slight lead in total strikes, Miller spent most of the first 90 seconds with his back against the cage, but when the two separated, he was able to record a takedown and briefly get Holtzman's back. Another scramble and both were on their feet, with each man throwing and connecting with little regard for defense. It was then Holtzman's turn to get the takedown, but Miller defended well from his back and took little damage -- up until the very end, at least. Likely tied 1-1 entering the third round, Miller appeared to be having troubles with his knee. He still fought valiantly until the end, but it wasn't enough to prevent him from dropping the round, and eventually the fight. While Miller won't be pleased with the final result, he'll still take home $50,000 after this was given Fight of the Night honors -- his seventh career post-fight bonus.
Set for Rio Rancho bout
February 10, 2020
Miller will take on Scott Holtzman in a lightweight matchup at UFC Rio Rancho on Feb. 15.
Miller may be in the twilight of his career, but he's been appropriately matchup of late, winning three of his last four as a result. Holtzman will be entering the cage at the age of 36 as well, but has far less UFC experience with a 6-3 mark with the company. Physically, the two match up relatively equally, though Holtzman has the edge in most statistics, including striking volume, striking differential and offensive wrestling. Effectively, it's not too surprising to see Miller enter as the (+135) underdog for the matchup.
Stops Clay Guida in 58 seconds
August 3, 2019
Miller defeated Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:58 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 5 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.
Sure, Miller ended this fight with a traditional choke, but it was his work prior the finish that was most impressive. First, his chin held up despite a eating a massive shot from Guida. Second, and more importantly, he actually damaged an opponent with his fists! Miller returned fire and damaged Guida and that one power shot put him in position to clamp on the guillotine that ended the fight. Miller has become exclusively a mat specialist in the later stages of his career, and anytime he hurts his opposition with strikes is big news. Miller turns 36 years old later this month. He still has plenty of gas left in the tank, but the UFC needs to be smart about who they match him up against moving forward. Miller is going to have all sorts of trouble against highly athletic strikers.
Faces fellow vet in Newark
June 25, 2019
Miller will take on Clay Guida in a lightweight matchup at UFC Newark on Aug. 3.
In a matchup of grizzled vets, Miller will enter as the slightly younger fighter with a narrow edge in both height and reach. He's coming off a first-round submission victory (and Performance of the Night bonus) over Jason Gonzalez in April, improving to 2-1 in his last three fights. Guida has had a late career resurgence as well, sporting a 3-1 mark in his last four trips to the Octagon. Over lengthy sample sizes, Miller sports a slight edge in striking numbers, while the statistical edge in grappling goes to Guida. Miller's last four fights have failed to get out of the first round, but given the historic durability of both fighters, that could very well change this time out.