Jim Miller has been making noise in the UFC lightweight division for years now, and the well rounded vet intends to make another big statement at this Saturday’s UFC 159 card. Just how big? He’s hoping to lock up a title shot by scoring an impressive win over Pat Healy, and that’s no easy task.

Of course, you might be thinking that UFC President Dana White has already said that the winner of Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant will fight champion Benson Henderson next. It’s also worth noting, however, as Miller did on MMA Junkie.com Radio, that Dana’s mind can be changed (just ask Johny Hendricks).

Miller reportedly stated that: “It all comes down to timing and performances. I’m looking to make a statement on Saturday night. I’m hoping Dana forgets all the things he just said about the Maynard-Grant fight. It’s happened before. Nothing’s guaranteed about a No. 1 contender spot. I might (have to do some talking). But I plan on making some noise with my fists and my elbows and my knees.”

The 29 year-old vet also credited Healy for being a “bad guy” and a “tough dude”, so it’s not like Miller thinks beating the former Strikeforce contender is going to be like a brisk walk through an untlitered park. Perhaps it’s because Healy is so durable and rugged, that a clear cut win over the vet will be extremely impressive.

Considering Miller was submitted by Nate Diaz in December though, and he lost by decision to Henderson in 2011, a win over Healy may not get him that shot, memorable or not. Then again, “nothing’s guaranteed” in the UFC, just as the New Jersey fighter noted.

Should be a great fight.


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