Jim Miller



No longer fighting Klein
May 19, 2023
Miller will take on Jared Gordon in a lightweight fight at a UFC event on June 3, John Morgan of The Underground reports.
Coming off his loss to Alexander Hernandez, Miller will take on Jim Gordon. Miller throws a similar amount of significant strike attempts per minute, but lands a much lower 2.85 significant strikes per minute compared to Gordon's 5.32. The two fighters are close in heigh, with Gordon standing one-inch taller than Miller, though Miller sports a three-inch reach advantage. Miller is taking on Gordon after L'udovit Klein dropped from the fight.
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Gets 42nd UFC bout in June
April 26, 2023
Miller will take on L'udovit Klein in a lightweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for June 3 in Las Vegas, MMAJunkie.com reports.
Miller certainly isn't taking in easy despite this being the 39-year-old's 42nd fight under the UFC banner, as Klein is 2-0-1 in his last three fights with the company. Klein also has similar wrestling marks to Miller, in addition to an advantage in volume striking. Nonetheless, Miller will look to get back on track following a February loss to Alexander Hernandez that snapped an impressive three-fight winning streak.
Win streak snapped at three
February 18, 2023
Miller lost to Alexander Hernandez via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was a game performance from Miller as a +185 underdog, which is almost always the case from one of the most highly respected veterans in the history of the sport. With just six knockout wins in more than 50 professional fights for Miller, it was generally assumed the much younger Hernandez would have a significant speed and power edge on the feet, and that was indeed the case. Jim was unable to get this fight to the mat until the final minute, at which point he nearly stole this fight with a miracle rear-naked choke in the closing seconds. The loss snaps a three-fight winning streak for Miller, although going back a bit further, the New Jersey native has just a .500 record (4-4) in his past eight bouts. Miller said earlier this week that his goal is to keep competing until a potential retirement bout at UFC 300 next year. As long as the company is careful about who they match him up against moving forward, that should be a doable request.
New opponent for UFC Vegas 69
February 9, 2023
Miller will now take on Alexander Hernandez in a lightweight matchup at UFC Vegas 69 on Feb. 18, Alex Behunin of Cageside Press reports.
Miller had been scheduled since all the way back in November to put his three-fight winning streak on the line against Gabriel Benitez at this event, but Benitez withdrew a few days earlier due to a cut (per CC Legaspi of ESPN Deportes). He'll now take on an opponent in Hernandez who got off to a good start in his UFC run, but has since dropped three of his last four fights. In his recent, back-to-back losses, Hernandez was taken down twice in each, and a grinding wrestling/clinch style happens to be one of Miller's preferred tactics at this stage in his career. The striking volume numbers far favor Hernandez, however, who will also have a one-inch edge in both height and reach.
Facing Gabriel Benitez
November 8, 2022
Miller will square off against Gabriel Benitez on Feb. 18, Carlos Contreras Legaspi of ESPN Deportes reports.
Miller's submission victory over Donald Cerrone in July was his third straight victory and his 24th career win as a UFC fighter, setting the record for the most wins in company history. The 39-year-old will face another veteran in the 34-year-old Benitez, who's been with the UFC since 2014. His TKO win over Charlie Ontiveros in August pulled him out of a slump, as he'd one just one of his previous five fights.
Most victories in UFC history
July 2, 2022
Miller defeated Donald Cerrone via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:22 of Round 2 at UFC 276 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Miller gets his revenge on Cerrone for a 2014 fight between the two which Cowboy won via knockout, and he also sets a UFC record for most victories in company history (24) in the process. Round 1 was close, with Cowboy the more effective man on the feet and Miller doing his typical solid mat work. Miller got cracked with a head kick from Cerrone early in Round 2, and not only ate it, but charged forward the second it connected and proceeded to plant Cowboy on the mat and clamp on the guillotine choke, which ended the fight all in one motion. Miller might be turning 39 years of age in late-August, but you still don't want to go rolling with him on the mat. The New Jersey native was in dire straits following a four-fight stretch from February 2020 to April 2021 in which he posted a 1-3 record, but Miller has responded with three straight stoppage victories since.