Saturday night, Nate Diaz and Jim Miller will lock horns inside the Octagon as the main event at UFC on FOX 3. The card takes place from the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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.


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.