Jim Miller has built a legacy in the famed UFC Octagon, fighting over 25 times in the past 8 years. Miller has become a fan favorite for his willingness to fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. His grit and toughness have earned him the respect of his peers, and have left a lasting mark on the sport of MMA
Jim began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in early 2005, with his older brother, Dan. After only six short months of training, the two brothers entered their first professional MMA fight, and walked out with their hands' raised. This would become very familiar to them over the next three years. Jim and Dan racked up an impressive 11-1 and 8-1 record and would capture titles from various organizations, 5 for Jim and 2 for Dan. They had made a name for themselves not only in New Jersey, but along the East Coast. Eventually, the rest of the world took notice, and in July of 2008, the two brothers sat side by side while signing their UFC contract.
Since making his Octagon debut in October 2008, Jim has fought at a pace that few have been able match. To this date, he has 26 UFC fights, placing him one fight away from tying for the record for most UFC fights ever. In those fights, Jim has also proved to be a fan favorite while amassing a UFC record of 17-8 and 1 no contest. He has 6 Fight of the Night performances, 3 Submission of the Night performances, and a UFC record of 39 submission attempts inside the Octagon.
Jim and his brother Dan signed with the UFC in July 2008. Miller made his debut at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England, where he defeated David Baron via rear-naked choke submission in the third round. At the time, Baron was ranked in the top ten in the world coming off his submission victory over Hayato Sakurai. The performance earned Jim a Submission of the Night bonus.
Miller next acted as a late replacement for Frankie Edgar against Matt Wiman at UFC: Fight for the Troops in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Miller dominated Wiman for three rounds, winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26). Miller took the fight on eight days notice and after just recently returning from his honeymoon. The fighters' efforts won them the Fight of the Night honors.
On March 7th, 2009, Miller lost his first fight in the UFC. Falling to Gray Maynard by unanimous decision at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio.
At UFC 100 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miller won a bloody one-sided unanimous decision over TUF winner Mac Danzig.
Miller was scheduled to face Thiago Tavares on September 19, 2009 in Dallas, Texas at UFC 103, but Tavares was forced to drop out due to a knee injury suffered while training. UFC newcomer Steve Lopez stepped in to replace Tavares. Both fighters exchanged competitively on the feet, but Miller won after Lopez injured his shoulder in round two.
Miller was expected to face Tyson Griffin on January 2, 2010 at UFC 108, but an injury forced Griffin off the card. Sean Sherk agreed to step up from the undercard and fight Miller, rather than his original opponent in Rafaello Oliveira. However, Sherk pulled out of the fight because of a cut that required many stitches; returning veteran Duane Ludwig was named as Sherk's replacement. Miller looked comfortable and sharp on his feet exchanging with the seasoned striker in Ludwig, and scored a knockdown halfway through the round with a fast combination. Miller swarmed to secure an armbar, winning by submission at 2:31 of the first round in front of the Las Vegas crowd.
Returning to New Jersey, Miller faced Mark Bocek on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111 in Newark. After three closely contested rounds, Miller was awarded the unanimous decision win.
Miller fought Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 22 in Austin, Texas, winning via unanimous decision. Miller was able to use his improved footwork to out strike Tibau and stuff most of his takedowns.
Traveling North to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Miller faced highly touted prospect Charles Oliveira on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124. Miller defeated Oliveira via a first round kneebar to extend his winning streak to six and earning the Submission of the Night bonus.
Making a return to Newark, New Jersey, Miller defeated WEC import, Kamal Shalorus on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128. Miller won the fight via TKO in the third round, after landing an uppercut and knee to Shalorus's face.
Miller faced Benson Henderson on August 14, 2011 in the Co-main Event of UFC on Versus 5, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26). He later revealed that he was battling a kidney infection and mononucleosis when cutting weight for the fight.
On January 20, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee, he faced Melvin Guillard at UFC on FX 1. After being clipped by a knee and punches from Guillard early in the first round, Miller was able to get the fight to the ground and submit Guillard with a rear naked choke. The performance earned Jim another Submission of the Night honor in the main event fight.
Close to home in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Miller next faced Nate Diaz on May 5, 2012 in the main event on UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller. He lost the fight via submission, for the first time in his professional career, in the second round due to a guillotine choke.
Miller faced Joe Lauzon as the co-main event on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155 in Las Vegas, Nevada, replacing an injured Gray Maynard. He won the fight via unanimous decision, with a performance that earned both participants Fight of the Night honors. The win also gave Miller the most all-time wins in UFC lightweight history. This fight was voted as the best fight of 2012.
Returning once again to Newark, New Jersey, Miller faced Pat Healy on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159. He lost the back-and-forth fight by submission in the third round. Despite the loss, the bout earned Miller his third - and second consecutive - Fight of the Night bonus. Healy, however, subsequently tested positive for marijuana and the result of the fight was overturned to a No Contest.
Miller faced Fabrício Camões at UFC 168 in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 28, 2013. Miller locked in an armbar for the submission victory at 3:42 of the first round.
Miller was expected to face Bobby Green on April 26, 2014 at UFC 172. However, in the week leading up to the event, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Yancy Medeiros. Miller won the fight via technical submission in the first round. Choking Medeiros unconscious in front of the Baltimore, Maryland crowd.
Returning to where it all began, Miller faced Donald Cerrone in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45. The main event fight went back and forth in the first round, Miller was defeated via second round knockout.
Miller was expected to face Paul Felder on April 18, 2015 at UFC on Fox 15. However, Felder was forced to pull out of the event due to a knee injury and was replaced by Beneil Dariush. Miller lost the fight by unanimous decision in Newark, New Jersey.
Miller faced Danny Castillo on July 25, 2015 at UFC on Fox 16 in Chicago, Illinois, replacing Rustam Khabilov who was pulled from the card with alleged visa issues. He won the fight by split decision.
Miller faced Michael Chiesa on December 10, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas. He lost the bout via submission in the second round. The fight earned Miller his fourth Fight of the Night bonus award.
Once again in Las Vegas, Nevada, Miller faced Diego Sanchez on March 5, 2016 at UFC 196. He lost the fight by unanimous decision.
Miller next faced Takanori Gomi on July 9, 2016 at UFC 200. He won the fight via TKO in the first round in his third straight Las Vegas appearance. When Brock Lesnar's victory was overturned, Jim became the only fighter to have wins at both UFC 100 and UFC 200.
After sustaining virtually no damage during his previous fight, Miller was quickly scheduled to rematch Joe Lauzon on August 27, 2016 at UFC on Fox 21 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He won the back-and-forth fight via split decision. The win also earned Miller his fifth Fight of the Night bonus award.
Miller next faced Thiago Alves on November 12, 2016 at UFC 205, held at historic Madison Square Garden in New York City. At the weigh-ins, Alves missed weight by six pounds, weighing in at 162.6 lbs. Miller, who was already on weight, had to rehydrate to keep their weight difference within 5 pounds. Because of that, he came in at 157.6 lbs and the bout proceeded at catchweight. New York State Athletic Commission and UFC officials indicated that Alves must not weigh more than 173 lbs the day of the fight or the fight would be canceled. As a result, Alves was fined 20% of his fight purse, which went to Miller. He won the fight by unanimous decision.
Returning to New York, this time Brooklyn, Miller faced Dustin Poirier on February 11, 2017 at UFC 208. He lost the back-and-forth fight by majority decision. Both participants earned Fight of the Night honors.
Jim's next scheduled fight is against former UFC Lightweight Champion, Anthony Pettis at UFC 213. The bout is set to take place on July 8th, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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