Jim Miller vs Nate Diaz to fight May 5th

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ChrisSabal
1/24/12 10:42:16PM
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Dana White said this on Twitter "Our 3rd FOX fight May 5th at the IZOD Center in New Jersey will feature Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller!!! Nate = 3 sub and 5 FON Jim = 3 SON!!"
FastKnockout
1/24/12 10:44:40PM
I must be losing my touch.
Poor_Franklin
1/24/12 10:49:25PM
hell yes!
mattjonesy
1/24/12 11:22:12PM
Early contender for fight of the year right there!
ghandikush
1/24/12 11:22:42PM
Tailor made for Diaz imo for title hype, but all that shit aside this is one hell of a match to make.

I can only hope Diaz will also get a crack at Dunham/Roller.
DeadHead988
1/24/12 11:26:27PM
Miller's already got this in the bag! Then again I said the same thing about Donald Cerrone...
Adrenaline
1/24/12 11:37:37PM

Posted by ghandikush

Tailor made for Diaz imo for title hype, but all that shit aside this is one hell of a match to make.

I can only hope Diaz will also get a crack at Dunham/Roller.




I think the fight favor's Miller personally. Diaz struggles against strong wrestlers that he can't easily submit. I wouldn't be surprised if Miller did exactly what Guida did to him. Your right though, it should be a great fight. Diaz seems to be coming into his own now.
tallica62
1/24/12 11:46:46PM
ahhh crap...first Diaz Cerrone, now this...3 of my fav LW fighters...come on mr silva..you're tearing me apart
ChokeUout
1/25/12 12:02:37AM
This has 3 round war written all over it, as I don't see wither guy being finished.

If this is the case, i'd lean toward Miller, as I think he's the better wrestler. However, I think Diaz has the ability to submit anyone off his back. I give Diaz the advantage standing, but if Miller is smart, he won't play with fire standing up for too long.

This could easily go either way, but I lead towards Miller. Barely
lohmann
1/25/12 12:11:23AM

Posted by Adrenaline


Posted by ghandikush

Tailor made for Diaz imo for title hype, but all that shit aside this is one hell of a match to make.

I can only hope Diaz will also get a crack at Dunham/Roller.




I think the fight favor's Miller personally. Diaz struggles against strong wrestlers that he can't easily submit. I wouldn't be surprised if Miller did exactly what Guida did to him. Your right though, it should be a great fight. Diaz seems to be coming into his own now.



Is Miller really that excellent of a take-em-down wrestler though? When the fight does hit the ground, I would concur that Miller will have no trouble leveraging his strengths into a competitive bout, one in which he'll probably find the top and be able to hold onto a strong position, if not pass into a better. But if Clay Guida is the standard for what Diaz has trouble with, Miller might have trouble getting Diaz into that position in the first place.

It'll be fun. I hope Miller wins, but I envision a fighter where Diaz continues his transformation from a fighter that's using his big brother's name for a free pass into the UFC into a fighter that emulates his big brother in the cage enough that he's proven his worth. He might drop the first round, but as it is with the Diaz brothers, more alike now than ever, he'll wear out Miller with his hands and it'll feel like watching a predator toy with his prey by the time the third round begins.
Bubbles
1/25/12 12:15:49AM
CALLED IT!
i said this in live discussion right after Miller subbed Guillard and also somewhere on this site (too lazy to find it).

this should be a great fight and i really hope this fight is mostly played out on the ground
Twenty20Dollars
1/25/12 12:33:27AM
nnnnnoooooooooooo..........

I don't want Miller to possibly lose, b/c it's a tough match up. Standing and on the ground.

Didn't Guida and Maynard struggle taking Diaz down? So will Miller probably and Diaz is so lengthy on the feet.


Posted by tallica62

ahhh crap...first Diaz Cerrone, now this...3 of my fav LW fighters...come on mr silva..you're tearing me apart



same here!
Budgellism
1/25/12 12:51:02AM
My buddy showed me this on his iPhone tonight and needless to say we spent the majority of the time discussing it. I love this fight and I find it very difficult to pick a winner.
Bubbles
1/25/12 12:54:59AM

Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Didn't Guida and Maynard struggle taking Diaz down? So will Miller probably and Diaz is so lengthy on the feet.



dont really remember the Guida fight but i know Maynard was content in standing the entire fight, the 2nd time around, and not take it to the ground (like Cerrone). i thought Diaz won that fight tbh.
TeamDEY
1/25/12 12:59:50AM
Sick fight don't know who to pick... right now I'm leaning towards Miller though
tcunningham
1/25/12 1:05:16AM
im a diaz hater so WAR MILLER
prozacnation1978
1/25/12 2:04:25AM
Gotta be for next title shot
There is no.one else right now
I do like the match
pmoney
1/25/12 2:14:37AM
I say this with a heavy heart, but.... WAR DIAZ!!!!

The Miller brothers are my favorite fighters, aside from the Diaz brothers. But this is probably an easier fight for Diaz than Cerrone was. Nate is better than Jim everywhere, much like he was against Cerrone.

I predict a bloodletting. Nathan Diaz wins
KungFuMaster
1/25/12 2:19:35AM
Awesome match up. Good job, Mr. matchmaker intern.
Adrenaline
1/25/12 2:24:13AM

Posted by lohmann


Posted by Adrenaline


Posted by ghandikush

Tailor made for Diaz imo for title hype, but all that shit aside this is one hell of a match to make.

I can only hope Diaz will also get a crack at Dunham/Roller.




I think the fight favor's Miller personally. Diaz struggles against strong wrestlers that he can't easily submit. I wouldn't be surprised if Miller did exactly what Guida did to him. Your right though, it should be a great fight. Diaz seems to be coming into his own now.



Is Miller really that excellent of a take-em-down wrestler though? When the fight does hit the ground, I would concur that Miller will have no trouble leveraging his strengths into a competitive bout, one in which he'll probably find the top and be able to hold onto a strong position, if not pass into a better. But if Clay Guida is the standard for what Diaz has trouble with, Miller might have trouble getting Diaz into that position in the first place.

It'll be fun. I hope Miller wins, but I envision a fighter where Diaz continues his transformation from a fighter that's using his big brother's name for a free pass into the UFC into a fighter that emulates his big brother in the cage enough that he's proven his worth. He might drop the first round, but as it is with the Diaz brothers, more alike now than ever, he'll wear out Miller with his hands and it'll feel like watching a predator toy with his prey by the time the third round begins.




That's fair and good points made. I guess what I was trying to say is that I don't think this fight is "tailor made" as ghandikush thinks it may be. I don't think Miller is going to stand in front of Nate and I think his wrestling is more than enough to give Diaz trouble. Both are great fighters, should be a fun one to watch.
Lesnar1
1/25/12 2:44:36AM
What an Awesome! matchup, can't wait for this one, I say Diaz wins in a back & forth Barnburner!
kopower
1/25/12 8:39:12AM
Ah, the kryptonite to the Diaz brothers. Hoping Nate continues his win streak, but Miller has the type of game to stifle his offense. Although, I still think he won the fight against Guida.
BuffaloDave
1/25/12 8:52:05AM
I think a lot of us were expecting Diaz to fight the winner out of Lauzon/Pettis, but hell I'll take this match up. Nate has been a totally different fighter since Nick has came back into the UFC. Who woulda thought that he would be so close to a title shot?

I have to give the edge to Diaz, he definitely has the better stand up, on the ground Miller is the stronger fighter, but Diaz is slicker.
40ouncetpkid
1/25/12 9:33:29AM
Crazy ass fight that I expect to look like diaz vs sanchez with miller winning by staying on top,and avoiding submissions in a sick ass grappling war.
Sir_Karl
1/25/12 9:56:27AM
I like both fighters so this match up kind of sucks for me. I don't see how Miller is going to do much against Nate. On their feet Nate will pick him apart and turn his face to hamburger and if it goes to the ground I think Nate has the advantage as well. Miller does have a small chance of controlling Diaz on the ground and that is his only hope for victory. I say Diaz has a 75% chance of winning this one. Miller's only hope is for a decision victory after a grueling ground battle. Can Nate finish Miller though? I am not sure about that but between Nate's boxing and grappling skills I don't see how he can lose. This should be a great fight though. The UFC needs to stop matching my favorite fighters against each other. I guess they all end up fighting sooner or later.
cowcatcher
1/25/12 10:38:59AM
How long will Miller be willing to stand with Nate? I think too many guys get caught staying in the stand up with the Diaz boys because the individual shots don't hurt them, and before they know it they eat 30 shots and are on queer street. I'm hoping Miller can get this to the ground and control Nate there but right now I think Nate has to be the favorite since he has more ways to win. Wrestlers give Nate trouble though, so I don't think this is a lock by any stretch.
kingsmasher
1/25/12 11:49:11AM
JeezI hate to say this but Diaz is looking good and his reach should be a huge factor and Miller isnt a great wrestler to be the kryptonite...I see it a 3 rounded fight similar to teh Cerrone Diaz but without Diaz ever on his back...

Only people I think beat Diaz are the wrestlers at 155...Seems obvious...
bjj1605
1/25/12 5:31:48PM

Posted by kopower

Ah, the kryptonite to the Diaz brothers. Hoping Nate continues his win streak, but Miller has the type of game to stifle his offense. Although, I still think he won the fight against Guida.



Agreed.

And the fight against Maynard.


I don't think wrestlers are their kryptonite any more. Leaning towards diaz, but this is a super hard fight to call.
Pookie
1/25/12 6:27:07PM
Guida had tons of trouble completing the takedowns on Diaz.

I think MIller will be content to set up his takedowns with strikes, and the reach disadvantage is massive.
BigBadAl
1/26/12 10:32:04AM
6 months ago I would have picked Miller without any hesitation. Now I can't possible pick against Diaz. He is on a tear.
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