Dan Miller goes into foreign territory this weekend in Brazil to face a decorated and dangerous Rousimar Palhares at UFC 134 and needs this win to not only stay active in the division but the sport. Before losing in his last bout unanimously to Nate Marquardt, the AMA fighter was riding a two fight win streak, after he had dropped three straight. Palhares is aggressive and will look to rip off the New Jersey’s leg for a Brazilian mantelpiece tomorrow night.
Miller entered the UFC in 2008 on a six fight win streak. He continued to tap opponents out and earn decision victories until he met a decorated, strong wrestling opponent in Chael Sonnen. Sonnen took him down at will and punished him for fifteen minutes; Demain Maia & Michael Bisping also controlled him in the following bouts which led to the losing streak.
Submitting John Salter at UFC 118 gave him his first victory in 16 months and things looked to be back on track after he beat Joe Doerksen via split decision at UFC 124. Enter – Marquardt, a talented wrestler, jiu jitsu practitioner and striker who was able to dictate the pace of the fight and earn the unanimous decision.
The trend happening with Dan Miller is easy: he is a talented fighter at a certain level and then he plateaus. Against decent or less experienced competition, he does well and can earn the victory; once the level is amped a bit, things start to melt down and losses occur. The upcoming fight at the HSBC Arena is the most important of his career and will show if he belongs at UFC level or should fight for Strikeforce.
Miller is ready for the task at hand against the Brazilian and stated in a press release that, “Every fight is important to me and I only focus on the current fight” For the sake of his contract we can only hope its true so he can upset the native submissions specialist. “Toquinho” will be aggressive but needs to stay sharp and not let Miller see an opening –“I am focused on capitalizing on a mistake that my opponent makes,” said Miller.
Quotes from Team Palooka’s Dan Miller Press Release
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