In what should be nothing short of a possible “Fight of the Year” candidate, Nate Diaz and Jim Miller have been paired up to face off at UFC on FOX 3. The card is scheduled to go down May 5 from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
While the Diaz-Miller fight will not be the main event, it is likely to receive a spot on the FOX-televised main card given the stakes involved as it could be one that helps determine the next contender to the title. Champion Frankie Edgar has an upcoming title defense against Benson Henderson in February.
UFC President Dana White was first to report the match-up which has since been confirmed on the UFC’s website.
Miller, who hails from New Jersey, recently defeated Melvin Guillard in the UFC’s FX debut on Friday night, scoring a submission victory after surviving several vicious knees from “The Young Assassin.” The 28-year-old is 21-3 in his MMA career including a 10-2 mark in the Octagon.
Meanwhile, Diaz scored one of the biggest victories of his career in late 2011, downing Donald Cerrone in the co-main event of UFC 141. Diaz is now 15-7 overall, including two straight victories since dropping down to lightweight.
Combined, Diaz and Miller have earned six “Fight of the Night” honors and six “Submission of the Night” awards.
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MMATraining Take: Many were wondering what would be in store for both Diaz and Miller in the coming months, and now we know. Pairing them together gives the UFC a highly-anticipated bout, and one that will likely leave fight fans screaming for more when it is all said and done.