Jim Miller ended a two fight losing streak at UFC on FOX 16, but the rugged vet evidently isn’t too happy about the path he took to victory…
Heading into Saturday’s card, Miller was coming off consecutive losses to Donald Cerrone and Beneil Dariush. It marked the first time in Miller’s impressive career that he had lost back-to-back fights. Since Miller has had 20 fights in the UFC–yes, 20, and has been a contender for much of his time with the promotion, chances are his job wasn’t on the line at UFC on FOX 16. But, a loss to Danny Castillo would have been another, major setback, and would have moved Miller closer to the unemployment.
Well, Miller won the bout via split decision, but while speaking to the media after the bout, the New Jersey fighter relayed the following (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“I try to go in there and leave everything inside the cage,” Miller said. “I try to win violently and dynamically. If you’re going to do that, when you go down, you go down in flames. That fight was just disappointing. I’d rather get finished. I’d rather go in and come out with a potentially broken arm than come out completely unscathed. It’s a fight and that’s to be expected. I expect to get hurt. I expect to get bloody. When it doesn’t happen, I want to be on the winning end. And hearing someone else’s name and not being tired and not being hurt, it was crappy. It was embarrassing. So coming out with the ‘W’ wasn’t my prettiest victory. My hat is off to Danny, he’s a tough dude. He’s been in there with some of the best on the planet. I’m feeling it. I’m feeling being in there with him for 15 minutes and it’s going to hurt to get around for a couple days and that’s the name of the game.”
Miller does have a habit off finishing fights when he’s the victor. Three of his last five wins have come via submission. The 31 year-old was decisioned by Dariush, and when he faced “Cowboy”, he was KO’d in the second round.
Now it will be interesting to see who Miller faces next, and whether he can work his way back into the top 15 ranks. For some time, Miller was a fixture in the top ten, and before the UFC introduced its rankings, the lightweight was widely considered to be one of the division’s best.
UFC on FOX 16 went down at Chicago’s United Center.