It has been confirmed that the UFC has signed two former IFL competitors. Current IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller, along with his younger brother, Jim Miller, have both signed exclusive deals with the MMA powerhouse. Jim will be competing in the lightweight division. This recent signing only adds fuel to the rumor that the UFC has purchased the struggling IFL organization.
The AMA Fight Club’s Mike Constantino, who manages both brothers, confirmed the signings with MMAjunkie.com.
Constantino declined to comment on the financial specifics of the deal, however stated that both of the fighters received an exclusive, multi-fight deal. He also does not know when the UFC intends to debut the brothers, but said that the two have been training hard and would be available to fight immediately if needed.
“If they told us to fight in two weeks, we’d be ready,” Constantino stated. “We’ll fight as soon as possible. The guys are always in shape and in the gym all the time helping their teammates. We have about 20 guys at the gym who fight in pro organizations, so someone always has a fight coming up, and Dan and Jim are always there helping them out.”
At 27 years-old, Dan Miller is the reigning IFL middleweight champion. His last fight was a victory over former champ Ryan McGivern in May. At only 8-1, Dan is still a young MMA fighter with much to learn, however he has unlimited potential and will add much needed depth to the UFC’s struggling 185-pound division.
Jim Miller is only 24 yeas-old, however has more professional fights than his older brother. At 11-1, Jim will only make the UFC’s already talent filled lightweight division even deeper. His only loss came at the hands of UFC up-and-comer Frankie Edgar back in 2006.
The Millers, as well as many other former IFL fighters have been forced to find new homes, as the financially plagued company is struggling to stay afloat. It has been rumored that they are in the process of being bought out, and the UFC is the predominant name that has been mentioned as the frontrunners for the acquisition.