The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s lightweight division is stacked with many world class MMA fighters that are capable of wearing UFC gold one day. One of the most impressive fighters in the lightweight division is MMA veteran Jim Miller, who has quietly made his way up the UFC’s lightweight rankings.
Even with Miller’s impressive 20-2 MMA record (even more impressive when you consider the fact his only two losses are to current UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and undefeated number one contender Gray Maynard), Zuffa officials are yet to guarantee Miller a title shot, even with a win against former WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson who he’ll be facing next at “UFC Live 5.”
“In this business, you never know what’s going to happen.” Miller said about a potential title shot. “If [Clay] Guida had finished Anthony [Pettis], he might have gotten the shot. Depending on how our fight goes, if I win, how the win goes — it all depends. They [could] bring [Gilbert] Melendez over from Strikeforce. So much could happen. It’s such a fluid division, and there are quite a few guys who have built themselves up. I try not to focus on any of that, and focus at the task at hand.”
UFC president Dana White previously said Miller was next in line for the title shot after Guida knocked Pettis out of contention at the “Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale,” and Miller is probably just trying to keep his focus on Henderson.
To give anyone else a title shot if Miller wins his next MMA fight will be one of the biggest injustices in the promotion’s history. While the lightweight division has other MMA fighters like Melvin Guillard who are quickly rising up the rankings, I can’t think of anyone more deserving than Jim Miller.