Jim Miller

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Will fight Motta
LightweightUFC
January 7, 2022
Miller will square off against Nikolas Motta at a UFC event on Feb. 19, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Miller defeated Erick Gonzalez via KO in Round 2 of his previous fight in October at UFC Fight Night. The mat specialist will take on Motta, who earned a UFC contract at Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender series in November of 2020, and will be making his UFC debut after his previous two scheduled bouts were called off.
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First KO win since 2016
LightweightUFC
October 16, 2021
Miller defeated Erick Gonzalez via KO (punch) at 0:14 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
To say Miller has become purely a mat specialist in recent years would be a massive understatement. His last knockout victory prior to Saturday came against Takanori Gomi at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016. To put that statistic in perspective, UFC 267 will take place in a couple of weeks. The left hand that torched Gonzalez was a thing of beauty, but to think this effort is a sign of things to come would be a fool's errand. Miller is one of the most widely respected veteran's in the sport today. This was his 38th UFC bout and there are going to be quite a few more, but Miller is just 4-4 dating back to December 2018 and figures to continue to be roughly a .500 fighter the rest of the way. He did earn a $50,000 Performance of the Night for his efforts here, the 13th such bonus of his long UFC career.
Added to Oct. 16 card
LightweightUFC
October 6, 2021
Miller will face Erick Gonzalez in a lightweight bout at the UFC event Oct. 16, Farah Hannoun of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Miller was supposed to fight back on Sept. 18 against Nikolas Motta, but had to withdraw after testing positive for COVID-19. Miller will be making his record-setting 38th appearance in the UFC.
Out of upcoming fight
LightweightUFC
September 10, 2021
Miller announced Friday he was forced to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Nikolas Motta on Sept. 18 after testing positive for COVID-19, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Miller is being forced to withdraw for the first time in his career and was set to step into the Octagon for a record 38th UFC appearance. Miller was coming off back-to-back unanimous decision losses and was hoping to rebound against Motta who was scheduled to make his promotional debut.
Taking on Motta in September
LightweightUFC
July 1, 2021
Miller will face Nikolas Motta in a lightweight bout at the UFC event Sept. 18, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Miller is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Joe Solecki back in April. Miller boasts a career record in the MMA of 32-15-0. He will take on a fighter in Motta who will be making his UFC debut. Motta was supposed to debut back in early May, but had to withdraw due to injury.
Gets six-month medical ban
LightweightUFC
April 13, 2021
Miller has been dealt a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission following a positive X-Ray result on his left foot, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Miller can return sooner than the six-month window if he gains clearance from a doctor, so there is a chance he returns to the Octagon before Oct. 8. Given his recent struggles, losing three of his last four bouts, there may not be a huge rush to get him back on a card anyway, but Miller is forced to at least have no contact until May 2 and can't return until May 11 at the earliest even if cleared.