With the UFC’s lightweight division at its deepest in recent memory, any chance to headline and have a strong showing keeps a fighter’s name in the talk for a title-shot. And, it now appears that the Diaz-Miller fight is indeed a #1 contender match – just not for both fighters.
“If Diaz wins, he gets a title shot; if Miller wins, he is probably still a fight or two away,” said UFC President Dana White in a conference call with media.
Diaz (15-7) has won two straight since returning to the lightweight division after a 2-2 record at welterweight. His wins over Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone, in addition to his personality/style, have apparently vaulted him into position as a contender.
Miller (21-3), meanwhile, is still working his way back up the ladder after a loss to current UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson. Miller, who will be competing in his native State this weekend, submitted Melvin Guillard earlier this year, improving to 8-1 in his last nine fights.
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MMATraining Take: While White can say Diaz is the No. 1 contender, he kind of already gave that title to Anthony Pettis. “Showtime,” however, is out with an injury, so maybe Diaz can overtake him with a strong showing. Henderson-Frankie Edgar II is still on track for later this summer, so we have a few months until anything is going to be sorted out at 155.