UFC lightweight Jim Miller spoke with The Fight Nerd at Modell’s in midtown Manhattan to discuss his fight at UFC 159 against Pat Healy. We discuss what he thinks of his opponent and what he brings to the table, as well as what implications there are in this match. Miller also talks about some UFC on Fox 7 fights, including Nate Diaz VS Josh Thomson and Benson Henderson VS Gilbert Melendez, and who he thinks won that close title fight and which of the two he would rather face for the belt.
April 22, 2013
December 10, 2012
Check out this animated toon from Youtuber Prebek that features Nate and Nick Diaz responding to a tweet from UFC welterweight champion, Georges St. Pierre. This was put up a few days before Nate’s fight against Benson Henderson, but that does not make this any less funny. Frankly, I have never seen the Diaz boys so relaxed and not dropping f-bombs for such a long period of time, so that alone makes this a refreshing video.
May 7, 2012
With their respective victories on the main card of UFC on Fox 3, perennial lightweight contender Nate Diaz and rising 170 pound star Johny Hendricks are both willing to wait for the next big thing. Hendricks and Diaz find themselves in similar career situations, where they would be logical title challengers except that the timing of the next available shot at their respective hardware doesn’t work out. UFC President Dana White even said that Diaz would be given a title shot should he win against Jim Miller at UFC on Fox 3, only to publicly reconsider just before the event as a fight for the title would put Diaz on the shelf for nine months.
While few fighters want to lose momentum after a huge win, a brief hiatus from fighting would make both men much more likely to fight for the title, which appears to be exactly what they are going to do. In an interview with Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting, Hendricks went so far as to explicitly state that he would wait for the winner of the upcoming title bout between Carlos Condit and Georges St. Pierre.
“Hey, would you wait for the opportunity to make millions or would you take another fight,” Hendricks asked of his interviewer. “Obviously, let my body heal. I need to get over some stuff. Spend some time with the family and go on a vacation. Hell, I haven’t had one in a year and a half.”
While few people think of the Stockton tough Diaz as subtle or calculated, his post-fight statements seemed to be going the same direction as Hendricks’, without explicitly requesting a title shot. In his interview with MMA Fighting, Diaz said that he didn’t “even want to talk about a fight for a couple of weeks.”
“Every time I fight, I’m like ‘I want to fight tomorrow,’” said Diaz. “I’ve been fighting every three to five months for the last seven years.”
The 16-7 Diaz did have a highly active 2011 and a little R and R would not be uncommon for a fighter in his situation. But, Diaz suddenly wanting to take a break seems like an indirect vie for the title, given the upcoming rematch between Frankie Edgar and Benson Henderson to decide the 155 pound championship. Diaz even mentioned that he chose Miller as an opponent because a win over Miller was the most direct path to title contention.
For those of you who missed UFC on Fox 3 this weekend, here are some video highlights courtesy of Fox. Starting with the main event, here is Nate Diaz controlling and dominating Jim Miller, leading to his sweet submission over the Jersey boy.
This was a match that Diaz finished in a dominant performance that has surely catapulted him to the front of line for a title shot…
… Which Dana White has politely confirmed (at least for the time being).
Hit the jump for some more video highlights and interviews!
This past Saturday night, the UFC returned to East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the first time in far too long. With them came a pretty mediocre card on paper that was equally underwhelming until the main card kicked in. The Fight Nerd was in attendance for the show, gorging himself on overpriced chicken fingers and zig-zagging between drunkards wearing ill-fitting TapouT shirts and buxom girls who were dressed for cocktails and not fights. What did I think of the event? Let’s find out, in convenient and easy-to-read bullet points!
- Nate Diaz submitting Jim Miller… wow. Impressive set-up into the finish, classic Diaz all the way through the bout. Diaz mentally broke Miller after he dropped him midway through the first round, and the Jersey native, who had never been tapped out before, was unable to fully recover between rounds. Is a championship belt in Diaz’s future? Could be, but how would he fare against a fighter like Bendo or Maynard, let alone Edgar?
- The Izod Center was not totally sold out, but sounded just as loud as they did for the last Strikeforce event that happened there in 2011.
- While I am not a fan of Josh Koscheck, I thought he won the fight against Johny Hendricks by a slight margin. With that said, I was not unhappy or felt robbed when Hendricks’ arm was raised. Hendricks looked good through all three rounds and is ready to get in line with the other welterweights looking for a shot at GSP’s belt. Notice I said get in line, not fight GSP next. Poor Josh will be relegated to gatekeeper status from here on out, which is too bad since he was basically the most recognizable name on the entire card.
- Fact: Scantily-clad women were handing out bags of Corn Nuts to everyone in attendance. Fact: Corn Nuts look like dry nuggets of feces you would find in a kitty litter box.
- Alan Belcher had some slick leglock defenses, and knew not to panic once Rousimar Palhares got a hold of his lower limbs. Did Belcher put together the blueprint to defeat Palhares? For sure, not giving him your legs is a good start, but Palhares is still a threat to other middleweights out there. Belcher should meet with the winner of Lombard VS Stann to see who gets a crack at Silva’s MW belt next.
- Lavar Johnson smashes things. Pat Barry will always be a fan favorite, and I thought he had Lavar with that double wristlock, but he needs to change his gameplan for future fights or his tenure in the UFC may come to a close.
Hit the jump for my thoughts on the prelims, venue, and more!
May 3, 2012
Today at the UFC on Fox 3 pre-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White had second thoughts about his offer of a title shot to Nate Diaz if he should win the event’s headliner. Earlier in the week, White said that a decisive win by Diaz against top-ranked Jim Miller would put him in line for a chance at lightweight hardware. However, during the presser at the Beacon Theater in the heart of New York City, White rethought his initial proposal.
“I was talking about that with Joel Silva,” said the UFC president. “Let’s say Nate Diaz does win, he’ll be on the shelf for like, nine months. I hadn’t thought about that. So, we’ll see what happens.”
While reneging on a number one contender spot might leave a bad taste in the mouth of many fighters, Diaz seemed completely unshaken by White’s change of heart. When Diaz was asked if he would be willing to wait a full nine months for a chance at the title, the scrapper from Stockton dismissed any talk of the future.
“I got a fight on Saturday,” Diaz said flatly.
Nate Diaz and his older brother Nick have never been very positive on their media obligation. At the presser, Diaz was once again asked if he was bothered by his time with the press.
“I don’t hate the media,” Diaz said. “Sometimes I’m probably in a better mood for it. So, I think you guys are doing great.”
UFC on Fox 3 airs this Saturday, May 5.
Yesterday, New York City’s storied Church Street Boxing Gym played host to the open press workouts for the upcoming UFC on Fox 3. The above compilation video, courtesy of MMA Fighting, features the event’s two headliners: Jim Miller and Nate Diaz.
UFC on Fox 3 will take place at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The event will mark the first time the world’s largest MMA promotion will pay a visit to the home of New York football.
April 18, 2012
New Year’s Eve shows have often been the pinnacle of MMA talent, all squeezed into one epic event. We can thank Japan for starting the trend, and it was not long before the UFC began adapting that into their strategy by ending the year with their most packed shows in Las Vegas.
Capping off 2011, two of the biggest heavyweights in the UFC (quite literally and figuratively) collided, as Alistair Overeem made his octagon debut against the behemoth, Brock Lesnar. Meanwhile, lightweights Nate Diaz and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone went to war in what ended up being a fight of the night.
Four months later, the two-disc special edition DVD from Anchor Bay has been released, and ccourtesy of the UFC Store, this nerd got himself a copy of this event. Featuring all of the fights and more, is this DVD set as special as the name implies in a good way, or is it the kind of special where this DVD rides the short bus, along with the DVD’s of “Encino Man” and Joel Schumacher’s “Batman & Robin?”
Hit the jump for the full review of this DVD!
April 6, 2012
MMA Mania scored an exclusive interview with Swedish-Congolese welterweight Papy Abedi.
I changed teams and I started training with Alexander Gustafsson and his head coach. That helped my confidence because I was with a new coach that helped me prepare for this fight and that helped me get my confidence back by working in a different way than I’m used to working, working with different athletes, sparring with different athletes, world class athletes. They’ve helped me develop my technique and my skills and that in itself has helped me get my confidence back.
Zach Arnold of Fight Opinion finds himself critical of Rampage’s latest comedy venture.
Mauricio Rua interested in completing a trilogy with Lyoto Machida, Five Ounces of Pain reports.
Cage Potato talks Josh Barnett’s eminently plausible return to the UFC.
Check out MiddleEasy for photos from Nate Diaz’s black belt reception (black belting?)
Lowkick gives you more trash talk from Rashad Evans regarding Jon Jones.
MMA Payout looks at the rocky first quarter ratings for the UFC on Fox.
Bleacher Report throws in on the recent steroid debate.
Junior Dos Santos will defend his title against someone at UFC 146, read more on Fightline.
Missed the Bellator 64 weigh-ins? MMA Convert has you covered.
February 27, 2012
The spectacle that was the UFC’s long-awaited return to the land of the rising son had more than its fair share of game-changing results. Standing out as the most visibly disrupted was the 155 pound division. Not only was former champion Frankie Edgar unseated as the lightweight kingpin by Benson Henderson, but a surprisingly quick and decisive knockout finish by Anthony Pettis over Joe Lauzon set up a new title contention storyline that the UFC was eager to embrace.
Before the Pay Per View broadcast ended, Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan speculated on a potential rematch between Henderson and Pettis, effectively starting to sell the fight before the octagon had been taken down. By the post-fight press conference a short while later, the line to contendership wasn’t so clear.
The former champion Edgar had to earn his belt more than most up to that point, affording two immediate rematches to B.J. Penn and Gray Maynard. The man whose wins don’t count unless he can perform them twice fought a close bout against Henderson and believed his takedown edge should have given the nod. At the presser, when talk of a Pettis rematch came up, Edgar made note of his situation.
“I’m not trying to shoot anybody out of anything they deserve,” Edgar said. “But I had to do two immediate rematches, so what’s fair?”
Further, the match that was touted as the next title eliminator, the Nate Diaz headliner against Jim Miller on UFC on FX 3, has yet to occur. In the below interview with Ariel Helwani, UFC president Dana White acknowledged that the winner of that fight, along with Pettis and Edgar, do have some legitimate claim to the number one contender spot, and was reluctant to say anything definitive. (more…)