It’s tough to argue there is a deeper division in the UFC than at lightweight. With countless studs sitting near the top of the totem pole, it’s understandable to forget that Jim Miller may be one of the most deserving of a title shot.
While fanboys continue to debate all the livelong day who should get next dibs at the 155-pound crown, Miller efficiently goes about his business believing his time will eventually come.
“It’s such a fluid division and there are quite a few guys that have set themselves up [for an opportunity to fight for the belt],” Miller said of his weight class’ depth. “I try not to just focus on any of that and just focus on the fight at hand.
“And there is just so much going on [in the division] that to get frustrated by it would just be silly and just lead to more stress. So I just relax and take the fights as they come and just try to fight the best and beat them.”
Miller owns an impressive 20-2 professional record and has won 14 of his last 15 scraps. He’ll be riding a seven-fight winning streak into the Octagon this Sunday when he meets former WEC champion Ben Henderson.
Although there are plenty of credible lightweight contenders that would easily leapfrog Miller with a loss, the 27-year-old does not feel his contest with Henderson is the biggest bout of his life. However, he does believe it’s a must-win in order to stay in the hunt for UFC gold.
“In my opinion, you’ve got to look at every fight as the most important fight of your career,” Miller expressed. “I have 20 wins, but if I had lost one of those wins I wouldn’t be in the situation I am right now.
“So my main focus is just on Ben Henderson. It’s a tough fight and that’s where my eyes are locked. I’m just preparing for that fight and nothing else.”
“UFC on Versus 5” takes place this Sunday inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.