However, this Saturday night, Miller will be the main event for a the third FOX-televised UFC event as he takes on Nate Diaz in a likely No. 1 contender bout in the lightweight division. The fight is scheduled for five rounds.
On a recent episode of “UFC Tonight,” Miller discussed how knowing he will be in the spotlight has helped him prepare for Diaz.
I’m not really feeling any pressure, just the excitement and energy of being in the main event on FOX. I’m prepared for a physical fight. I’m going to make a point to fight my fight, and make him feel uncomfortable.
Since a loss to current UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson via decision snapped his seven-fight win streak, Miller has righted his ship. He topped Melvin Guillard earlier this year, working himself back into this match up with Diaz.
As a former wrestler, including a year at Virginia Tech, Miller feels his mat-game could come in handy against the versatile Diaz.
It’s one of the biggest advantages that I have. I’ve been working on my striking game over the last few years. If I can use my wrestling to dictate where the fight goes, I will. But I hope I don’t have to.
Diaz carries with him a 4-2 record in his last six, but has won two straight since dropping down to lightweight. He topped Donald Cerrone late in 2011, along with a submission victory over Takanori Gomi.