We may have found out who would have been Eddie Alvarez’s first opponent in the UFC had he gotten his injunction, because Jim Miller has been announced for UFC 159. Instead of taking on the former Bellator champion, he will be taking on Strikeforce import Pat Healy. UFC 159 will take place in Newark, N.J. This match will likely join the main card, which already has three fights announced for the April 27 event: Roy Nelson is taking on Cheick Kongo, Vinny Magalhaes was granted his fight with Phil Davis, and the event is headlined by UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones finally allowing Chael Sonnen his shot at the 205-pound title.
Miller was absent from the title shot picture since he sat out most of 2012 after a loss to former number-one contender Nate Diaz. Then he was called to fight Joe Lauzon on short notice after Gray Maynard dropped out due to injury. Miller surprised a lot of people with improved stand-up – especially his elbows – which cut Lauzon wide open. He improved to 8-2 over his last ten fights, with five being finishes. Now he faces another ultra-tough fighter in Healy.
Healy lives up to the motto that good things come to those who wait, because he did not know if he would come to the UFC until after the last Strikeforce event. He took an unanimous decision win over Kurt Holobaugh, which upped his lightweight record to 8-1 and earned him his contract. If he beats Miller impressively, it will shoot him up the lightweight ladder in the UFC. With yet another Strikeforce veteran lined up for a big fight, it looks like Dana White was not lying when he promised to make up for the way the fighters were treated during the last year Strikeforce was running.