UFC has put together a very good card for their event on FOX this Saturday.
UFC on Fox 3 will feature several great fighters, and they are smart enough to start it earlier so it will not compete with Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto. There are many crossover fans that will check out both events.
Nate Diaz & Jim Miller are both black belts, in their own respects. Diaz, coming from the Gracie legacy & Miller earned his belt under Jaime Cruz. Miller is most often known for his wrestling, over his BJJ but both are equally impressive; Jim also has a notable standup. I think that most would classify Jim Miller as a reactionary fighter.
In Miller’s last fight against Guillard, you can see his approach very clearly. Jim took Melvin’s hard, standing abuse & then when he saw the opportunity Jim was able to take the fight to the ground. This style will be in stark comparison to Jim’s opponent, Nate Diaz. Just like his brother Nick, Nate is very much an aggressive predator in his approach to taking out his opponents.
Nate is very strong in his stand up & relentless in his approach. Although Diaz has immense BJJ skills & wouldn’t be intimidated if the fight were to move to his back, his track record with opponents who have good top games & great submission skills is not as outstanding as he would probably prefer. Clay Guida & Joe Stevenson both example Diaz’s lacking nature in his past opponents with that “ground & pound” mentality, like Miller. Nate will have the advantage of reach, which I’m sure will help in his defense against going to the floor.
I think this is a tough fight to call ahead of time; I mean, I wouldn’t wager anything this weekend. My gut says Nate, but only if it stays off the ground. As impressive as Diaz’s last two fights were, Miller has lost only 1 in his last 9! I think it’s a pretty fair playing ground, what do you think?
We’ll find out soon enough!
Check the Dom fight gear blog on Monday to discuss the results.