Penn was originally scheduled to fight Dennis Siver at the June 4th event, but recently the latter went down with an injury. The UFC called up former TUF competitor and rugged vet, Mr. Miller, who agreed to face the former lightweight and welterweight champ.
Now, usually a legend like Penn doesn’t have many insults sent his way, although, it has been known to happen (case in point his feud with Nik Lentz). But, when Miller recently appeared on The Anik Florian podcast, the American Top Team fighter had plenty of praise for Penn (quotes via MMA Junkie.com):
“I was watching him fighting before I was into training or anything like that,” Miller said. “I can’t have nothing but respect for the guy and look up to him because he does everything I say you should be like. He’s got good boxing, good jiu-jitsu, he’s always trying to finish the fight. He’s not trying to be like a coward and just try to win the rounds. He’s always spoken out against these (performance-enhancing drug) users, calling them out to their faces. I think you can’t help but admire a guy like that.”
There’s certainly no shortage of folks who feel the same way as Miller does about “The Prodigy”. Penn is truly one of the all time greats. The big question is, however, will he be able to get past the length and reach of the 6’1 tall Miller? And how will Penn look? Having not fought since July, 2014?
A lot of people believe Miller is a tougher fight for Penn than Siver, and it’s hard to argue.
UFC 199 will be hosted by the Forum in Inglewood, California. In the main event, middleweight champ Luke Rockhold will face Michael Bisping.