The home crowd at UFC 158 in Canada will have two more natives to cheer for, as they face two opponents from the States. Dan Miller returns from a personal sabbatical to face Strikeforce import Jordan Mien, and lightweight striking dynamo John Makdessi takes on Ultimate Fighter: Live cast mate Daron Cruickshank. UFC 158 takes place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 16th at the Bell Centre arena. The card is headlined by GSP taking on his nemesis Nick Diaz.
The Miller and Mien bout is yet another match-up at 170 on a card packed with welterweight bouts. While Miller holds a pedestrian record of 14-6, he has only lost to top competition. The stress of his personal life has not made his fighting career any easier. In fact, when Miller suffered his loss to Chael Sonnen, it came only two months after his first child passed. Now that his second born’s illness looks to be behind him, he may be able to focus just on fighting, and he will need that focus when he takes on Mien. At only 23 years old, Mien has complied an impressive 26-8 record, and that is after going 4-4 through his first eight bouts. This will be a striker vs grappler battle with Miller owning most of his wins by submission, and Mien has fought in kickboxing matches as early as 11 years old.
Cruickshank has the biggest test of his UFC career when he takes on Makdessi. For Cruickshank, he may want to rely on his wrestling in this bout, because even though he has honed his striking skills, they may not be as vaunted as Makdessi’s unique style. That may not happen though as these two Taekwondo black belts get locked in the cage. Fans can bet on this one being another exciting match-up on a stacked card.