Height: 6-0 Weight: 155 lbs.
Age: 27 From: Stockton, Calif.
Record: 15-7 Reach: 76 in.
Last five fights:
Dec. 30, 2011: def. Donald Cerrone, Rd. 3 Decision
Sept. 24, 2011, def. Takanori Gomi, Rd. 1 Submission
April 30, 2011: lost to Rory MacDonald, Rd. 3 Decision
Jan. 1, 2011: lost to Dong Hyun Kim, Rd. 3 Decision
Aug. 28, 2010: def. Marcus Davis, Rd. 3 Submission
Fight Network analysis: Diaz, 27, is coming off two of the best performances of his career, completely overwhelming former Pride mainstay Takanori Gomi en route to a first-round submission before soundly outpointing Donald Cerrone in December to end the former WEC star’s six-fight winning streak. The Stockton, Calif., native recently earned his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Cesar Gracie, but the southpaw is always comfortable standing and trading with any opponent. A relentless boxer who conquers foes with a high volume of punches and tremendous work to the body, Diaz has historically struggled only with wrestlers who use their pedigree to keep him on his back. On the mat, Diaz still threatens with an array of submissions. But the blueprint to beating him requires putting him there first, which Miller will likely try to do right off the bat.
Height: 5-8 Weight: 155 lbs.
Age: 28 From: Sparta, NJ
Record: 21-3 Reach: 71 in.
Last five fights:
Jan. 20, 2012: def. Melvin Guillard, Rd. 1 Submission
Aug. 14, 2011: lost to Benson Henderson, Rd. 3 Decision
March 19, 2011: def. Kamal Shalorus, Rd. 3 KO/TKO
Dec. 11, 2010: def. Charles Oliveira, Rd. 1 Submission
Sept. 15, 2010: def. Gleison Tibau, Rd. 3 Decision
Fight Network analysis: Miller, 28, most recently trounced powerhouse Melvin Guillard via first-round submission this past January. The win was critical for the New Jersey native as he rebounded from his first setback since 2009, in which he dropped a one-sided decision to the current kingpin Henderson. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Jamie Cruz based at the AMA Fight Club, Miller has enjoyed a successful UFC tenure, amassing quality wins over the likes of Kamal Shalorus, Charles Oliveira, Gleison Tibau, Mark Bocek, Mac Danzig and Matt Wiman. Having never been finished in his three career losses, the suffocating southpaw is as durable as they come. Miller’s primary asset is his sublime ground game and ability to bring the fight into his comfort zone on the mat, though his striking is always improving.
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