Jim Miller (fighter)

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Jim Miller
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Born James Andrew Miller
(1983-08-30) August 30, 1983 (age 30)
Sparta Township, New Jersey
Nationality United States
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Division Lightweight (155 lb)
Featherweight (145 lb)[1]
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Whippany, New Jersey
Team AMA Fight Club
Trainer Mike Constantino
Rank Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
Black belt in Tae Kwon Do
Wrestling NCAA division 1 wrestler
Years active 2005-present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 30
Wins 24
By knockout 3
By submission 13
By decision 8
Losses 5
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 3
No contests 1
Other information
University Virginia Tech
Notable relatives Dan Miller, brother
Notable school(s) Sparta High School
Website Official UFC Profile http://www.millerbrothersmma.com/
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: October 11, 2011

James Andrew "Jim" Miller (born August 30, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist. He is currently a competitor in the UFC's Lightweight division. He is the younger brother of fellow UFC fighter Dan Miller. As of May 26, 2014, he is #7 in official UFC Lightweight rankings.[3]

Background[edit]

Born and raised in Sparta Township, New Jersey and the youngest of three brothers, Miller began training in Tae Kwon Do at the age of eight and then received his black belt at the age of ten. Miller then competed in wrestling in high school at Sparta High School, as well as one year of collegiate wrestling at Virginia Tech. Miller had not originally planned on wrestling at Virginia Tech, but his desire to compete again grew and he made the team as a walk-on later into the season. However, Miller did not continue competing for the school because of "disagreements" with the coaching staff and the program.[4][5] He currently holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Jamie Cruz.[1] Miller began training in mixed martial arts in 2005, when he began training at Planet Jiu Jitsu in Sparta, New Jersey with his brother Dan Miller.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Miller had his first professional fight on November 19, 2005 against Eddie Fyvie at Reality Fighting 10. Miller controlled the fight and earned a unanimous decision. Miller earned two more victories in the promotion over Kevin Roddy and Joe Andujar, both via first round submission. The quick victories earned Miller a title shot and he fought Muhsin Corbbrey for the Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship. Miller mounted Corrbrey in the second round and battered his opponent before securing an armbar for the victory. In his first title defense, Miller took on future UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar at Reality Fighting 14. Edgar controlled the fight, but Miller secured a tight guillotine late in the final round. Edgar fought through the choke to earn the unanimous decision.

In the weeks prior to Reality Fighting 14, Planet Jiu-Jitsu closed down. Miller began training at AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey with his brother Dan in January 2007.

Miller debuted with the Cage Fury Fighting Championships in a Lightweight Championship bout on April 13, 2007 against Evo Fight Club's Al Buck. Jim fought on the same card as his brother for the first time since Reality Fighting XII and both were victorious. Miller and Buck squared off, but were forced to separate early after an accidental knee to Buck's groin. When the fight resumed, Miller began working for a takedown and after escaping an attempted guillotine, secured a slam, from which he quickly attained the mount and then the back, sinking in a rear-naked choke for the win.

Miller defended his title for the first time at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 5 against Atlantic City MMA's Anthony Morrison, an event which featured the much-hyped fight between Kimbo Slice and Ray Mercer. Morrison delivered some big slams early, but Miller worked through a chain of submissions before securing the victory by triangle choke at 4:56 of the first round to retain his title.

Miller's second defense was scheduled for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships 6 card, where he was to face King of the Cage Champion Clay French, but the event was cancelled a week prior to the event, when a primary investor dropped out.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Jim and his brother Dan signed with the UFC in July 2008.[6] Miller made his debut at UFC 89 where he defeated David Baron via rear-naked choke submission in the third round.

Miller next acted as a late replacement for Frankie Edgar against Matt Wiman at UFC: Fight for the Troops. Miller dominated Wiman for three rounds, winning via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26).

At UFC 100, Miller won a bloody one-sided unanimous decision over TUF winner Mac Danzig.

Miller was scheduled to face Thiago Tavares on September 19, 2009 at UFC 103, but Tavares was forced to drop out due to a knee injury suffered while training.[7] 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,[8] but an injury forced Griffin off the card.[9] Sean Sherk agreed to step up from the undercard and fight Miller, rather than his original opponent in Rafaello Oliveira.[10] 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.[11]

Miller faced Mark Bocek on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111.[12] After three closely contested rounds, Miller was awarded the unanimous decision win.

Miller fought Gleison Tibau at UFC Fight Night 22 winning via unanimous decision.[13] Miller was able to use his improved footwork to outstrike Tibau and stuff most of his takedowns.

Miller faced highly-touted prospect Charles Oliveira on December 11, 2010 at UFC 124.[14] Miller defeated Oliveira via a first round kneebar to extend his winning streak to six and earning the Submission of the Night bonus.

Miller defeated WEC import, Kamal Shalorus on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[15] 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 at UFC on Versus 5.[16] He lost the fight via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26). He later revealed that he was battling kidney infection and mononucleosis when cutting weight for the fight.[17]

On January 20, 2012 he faced Melvin Guillard at UFC on FX 1. After being rocked early by a knee and punches from Guillard in the first round, Miller was able to get the fight to the ground and submit Guillard with a rear naked choke.[18]

Miller next faced Nate Diaz on May 5, 2012 in the main event on UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller.[19] 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 on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155, replacing an injured Gray Maynard.[20] He won the fight via unanimous decision, with the performance earning both participants Fight of the Night honors. The win also gave Miller the most all-time wins in UFC Lightweight history.

Miller faced Pat Healy on April 27, 2013 at UFC 159.[21] 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.[22] Healy, however, subsequently tested positive for marijuana and the result of the fight was overturned to a No Contest.[23]

Miller faced Fabricio Camoes 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.[24] However, in the week leading up to the event, Green pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by Yancy Medeiros.[25] Miller won the fight via submission in the first round.[26]

Miller faced Donald Cerrone on July 16, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 45.[27] After a back and fourth first round, Miller lost the fight in the second round by knockout, the first professional knockout loss of Miller's career.

Personal life[edit]

Jim was married in 2008.[28] The couple had their first child in June 2010.[1] The couple is currently expecting their second child.[29] Prior to their careers in mixed martial arts, Jim and his brother Dan worked in construction with their father.[30]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

  • Reality Fighting
    • Reality Fighting Lightweight Championship

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 24–5 (1) Donald Cerrone KO (head kick and punch) UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Miller July 16, 2014 2 3:31 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 24–4 (1) Yancy Medeiros Technical Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 172 April 26, 2014 1 3:18 Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Win 23–4 (1) Fabrício Camões Submission (armbar) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 1 3:42 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 22–4 (1) Pat Healy NC (overturned) UFC 159 April 27, 2013 3 4:02 Newark, New Jersey, United States Fight of the Night; Submission loss overturned; Healy tested positive for marijuana.
Win 22–4 Joe Lauzon Decision (unanimous) UFC 155 December 29, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night; Fight of the Year (2012).
Loss 21–4 Nate Diaz Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Diaz vs. Miller May 5, 2012 2 4:09 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States UFC Lightweight title eliminator.
Win 21–3 Melvin Guillard Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC on FX: Guillard vs. Miller January 20, 2012 1 2:04 Nashville, Tennessee, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 20–3 Benson Henderson Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 20–2 Kamal Shalorus TKO (knee & punches) UFC 128 March 19, 2011 3 2:15 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 19–2 Charles Oliveira Submission (kneebar) UFC 124 December 11, 2010 1 1:59 Montreal, Quebec, Canada Submission of the Night.
Win 18–2 Gleison Tibau Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Win 17–2 Mark Bocek Decision (unanimous) UFC 111 March 27, 2010 3 5:00 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 16–2 Duane Ludwig Submission (armbar) UFC 108 January 2, 2010 1 2:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–2 Steve Lopez TKO (shoulder injury) UFC 103 September 19, 2009 2 0:48 Dallas, Texas, United States
Win 14–2 Mac Danzig Decision (unanimous) UFC 100 July 11, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 13–2 Gray Maynard Decision (unanimous) UFC 96 March 7, 2009 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win 13–1 Matt Wiman Decision (unanimous) UFC: Fight for the Troops December 10, 2008 3 5:00 Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 12–1 David Baron Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 89 October 18, 2008 3 3:19 Birmingham, England Submission of the Night.
Win 11–1 Bart Palaszewski Decision (unanimous) IFL: New Jersey May 16, 2008 3 5:00 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–1 Chris Liguori Submission (guillotine choke) Ring of Combat 18 March 7, 2008 2 2:22 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–1 Chris Liguori TKO (doctor stoppage) Ring of Combat 17: Beast of the Northeast Finals November 30, 2007 2 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 8–1 Nuri Shakir Submission (rear-naked choke) Battle Cage Xtreme 3 October 20, 2007 3 2:17 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 7–1 Anthony Morrison Submission (triangle choke) CFFC 5: Two Worlds, One Cage June 23, 2007 1 4:56 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Defended CF Lightweight Championship.
Win 6–1 Al Buck Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fury Fighting Championships 4 April 13, 2007 1 1:58 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Won CF Lightweight Championship.
Loss 5–1 Frankie Edgar Decision (unanimous) Reality Fighting 14: Fall Brawl November 18, 2006 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States Lost RF Lightweight Championship.
Win 5–0 James Jones Submission (triangle choke) Combat in the Cage: Marked Territory September 30, 2006 2 1:55 Lincroft, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Muhsin Corbbrey Submission (armbar) RF 13: Battle at the Beach 2006 August 5, 2006 2 3:35 Wildwood, New Jersey, United States Won RF Lightweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Joseph Andujar Submission (arm-triangle choke) Reality Fighting 12: Return to Boardwalk Hall April 29, 2006 1 1:04 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 2–0 Kevin Roddy Submission (rear-naked choke) Reality Fighting 11: Battle at Taj Mahal February 11, 2006 1 N/A Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Eddie Fyvie Decision (unanimous) Reality Fighting 10 November 19, 2005 2 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "UFC Lightweight Jim Miller Has Fought At Featherweight Before, But Never Again". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 172 Jones vs. Teixeira". UFC.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ UFC Fighter Rankings
  4. ^ http://martialarts.about.com/od/mmaandufc/p/jimmiller.htm
  5. ^ McCullough, Andy. "Ex-Sparta High wrestlers Jim and Dan Miller make UFC a family affair", The Star-Ledger, March 26, 2010. Accessed June 28, 2011
  6. ^ UFC signs IFL champ Dan Miller and brother Jim Miller | MMAjunkie.com
  7. ^ John Morgan. "Thiago Tavares suffers knee injury, forced to withdraw from UFC 103 bout with Jim Miller". 
  8. ^ "Tyson Griffin vs. Jim Miller in the works for UFC 108 lightweight contest in Las Vegas". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  9. ^ ""UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" takes another hit; lightweight Tyson Griffin out". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  10. ^ "Sean Sherk promoted to "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" main card, faces Jim Miller". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  11. ^ "Report: Sean Sherk out at UFC 108, Duane Ludwig returns to face Jim Miller". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  12. ^ John Morgan. "Mark Bocek vs. Jim Miller targeted for March's UFC 111 in New Jersey". 
  13. ^ "MILLER VS TIBAU SEPT. 15, TUF 12 DEBUT EXPECTED". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-05-24. 
  14. ^ "MILLER VS. OLIVEIRA ADDED TO UFC 124". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-10-06. 
  15. ^ "Jim Miller Set to Face Kamal Shalorus at UFC 128 in New Jersey". MMAWeekly.com. 2010-12-30. 
  16. ^ "Jim Miller Faces Ben Henderson in a Lightweight Bout at UFC on Versus 5". MMAWeekly.com. May 11, 2011. 
  17. ^ http://www.mmamania.com/2012/1/19/2719653/jim-miller-battled-kidney-infection-and-mononucleosis-during-ben
  18. ^ "Melvin Guillard vs. Jim Miller headlines UFC on FX 1 event". mmajunkie.com. 2011-11-17. 
  19. ^ "Nate Diaz vs. Jim Miller booked for UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. January 24, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Gray Maynard injured, Jim Miller steps in to face Joe Lauzon at UFC 155". mmajunkie.com. November 14, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Jim Miller vs. Strikeforce import Pat Healy booked for UFC 159 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. January 29, 2013. 
  22. ^ Staff (2013-04-27). "UFC 159 bonuses: Roy Nelson, Pat Healy and Jim Miller score $65,000 awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  23. ^ Staff (2013-04-27). "UFC 159 bonuses: Roy Nelson, Pat Healy and Jim Miller score $65,000 awards". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
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  25. ^ Jamie Penick (2014-04-20). "With Bobby Green injured, UFC 172 shakes up lightweight bouts with Miller-Medeiros and Ellenberger-Rocha now booked". mmatorch.com. Retrieved 2014-04-20. 
  26. ^ Cole, Ross (26 April 2014). "Jim Miller Chokes Yancy Medeiros Unconscious At UFC 172". Fight of the Night. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  27. ^ Staff (2014-05-02). "Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller headlines UFC Fight Night 45 in New Jersey". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  28. ^ "NO HESITATION, JIM MILLER STEPS UP LAST MINUTE". MMAWeekly.com. 2008-12-06. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
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  30. ^ http://advertisernewssouth.com/article/20130424/SPORTS/130429978/0/news/Q&A-with-UFC-Fighter-and-Sparta-native-Jim-Miller
  31. ^ http://m.sherdog.com/news/articles/2/Sherdogcoms-2012-AllViolence-Team-48763

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