Way back in July, a reader asked me what underrated fighters I thought would be a champion in the next three years. My answers were Michael Bisping and Jim Miller. Bisping is well on his way to a shot at the Middleweight Title and at Fight for the Troops on December 10th, Jim Miller will get a chance to take a major step forward. He will sub for the injured Frankie Edgar and face Matt Wiman. I was greatly looking forward to the Edgar/Wiman bout and am a little disappointed. However, the addition of Miller perked me right up. This is his chance to showcase his talents to a large audience and against a very solid opponent.
Wiman is coming off a spectacular knockout victory over Thiago Tavares. He's only 25 and has shown significant improvement since his stint on The Ultimate Fighter 5. Early in his career it seemed like he was missing a mean streak, but lately that has not been the case.
Miller is best known for his submissions. He is relentless on the ground and will often attempt a number of submissions before sinking in a finisher. The only part of his game that is lacking is his striking and that is largely due to his prowess on the ground. Over time his stand-up should develop into something for other fighters to fear.