The ink has hardly dried on Jim Miller’s Submission of the Night check from last Friday night’s UFC on FX event and yet it appears the 28-year old already has his next opponent lined up in the form of Nate Diaz, himself no stranger to bringing home performance-based bonuses. The match-up was revealed by Dana White through Twitter where he also revealed Miller’s pot would be sweetened by the opportunity to compete in front of his hometown fans as part of a UFC on FOX 3 card set for May 5 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Miller, who choked out Melvin Guillard to earn his submission award, has won eight of his last nine fights with the only exception being a decision to current top contender Ben Henderson. Over that period the 21-3 grappler has racked up victories over a number of tough adversaries such as Mac Danzig, Gleison Tibau, and Duane Ludwig.
However, Diaz will enter the Octagon with a ton of momentum after beating Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone in back-to-back bouts. He has also found success against a slew of savvy scrappers including Guillard, Kurt Pellegrino, and Josh Neer.
While the two are not expected to headline UFC on FOX 3 the result from their tilt could very well be the evening’s Fight of the Night given their respective skill-sets and overall toughness. Out of 46 combined contests, Diaz is the only one of the two to have ever been finished (a single time five years ago) while Miller-Diaz have dished out 28 finishes of their own.
More match-ups are expected to be revealed in the comings days/weeks.
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