Miller put Yancy Medeiros with a guillotine choke at 3:18 of the first round and then put the guys ahead of him in the division on notice Saturday night at UFC 172 at Baltimore Arena. Miller, who is ranked No. 9, mentioned Khabib Nurmagomedov, Josh Thomson, T.J. Grant, Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone as his targets.
"I want to move up in the ranks," Miller told Joe Rogan.
Miller (23-4, 1 NC) is now 2-0-1 in his last three fights and he's one of the most entertaining guys in the world at 155 pounds. He hurt Medeiros with a left to the body and then a knee, took him down and choked him out, making it look easy. Referee Mario Yamasaki stepped in to call the fight when Medeiros, refusing to tap, fell unconscious.
"It's a night of the guillotines, I guess," Miller said, referring to similar finishes Saturday by Joseph Benavidez and Max Holloway. â¦ "Once he went out, I knew he was out and I kind of told Mario he was out
Medeiros (9-2, 1 NC) was a late fill-in against Miller. Bobby Green got hurt last week and Medeiros, who was initially slated to fight Joe Ellenberger at UFC 172, volunteered to fight Miller. Miller called it "ballsy" of Medeiros, who was coming off a savage knockout of Yves Edwards in November that was overturned when Medeiros was popped for marijuana.
Miller, 30, is probably still just a gatekeeper in the lightweight division, but there probably isn't a guy in the top 15 that he wouldnât have a very good fight against.