Jim Miller will be entering UFC 208 riding a three fight winning streak, he looks to up it to four when he faces Dustin Poirier. Miller believes he can defeat anybody in the UFC Lightweight Division, including division champion Conor McGregor.
“My goal has always been to fight the best and dominate them and beat them up, and there’s no better way to fight the best than to be the reigning champ,” Miller said to MMA Junkie. “I would love the opportunity to fight McGregor. Absolutely love it. … I know that I match up really well against him. The thing is, none of those other things are guarantees. There’s no guarantees of how much money I’d make fighting him or anything like that. I was 9-1 in this promotion and if I went 10-1 there still wasn’t a guarantee I was getting a title shot. It’s just the opportunity to fight him. I know I’m a couple fights away from that and I’m not the type that’s going to sit here and talk about things that are going to happen in early 2018. I’ve got a fight to prepare for on Saturday night.”
Miller’s not ranked in the top 15 of the lightweight division at the moment and this will be his first fight on a UFC pay-per-view event main card since he fought Yancy Medeiros at UFC 172. Despite aspirations to fight the UFC Lightweight Champion, Miller is looking looking past Poirier.
“He is dangerous, he is tough and he fights,” Miller said. “He’s not a point-fighter. He’s a guy that’s in there for the finish and he’s aggressive and I enjoy watching him fight – and these are the ones that I love. I want to meet guys in the center of the octagon, not only because it means we’re going at it and that’s what we’re there for, but typically it works out well for me. It’s a great, exciting fight for me. I know that I can put him away, I know that I can finish him, and that’s what I’m in there to do. I don’t want to be in the ‘Fight of the Night.’ It means that he’s putting up a fight, and I don’t want that. I want to go out and I want to fight the best Dustin Poirier and I want to dominate him and the first mistake he makes is the end of the fight. But sometimes you see it and it’s, ‘(Expletive), this is going to hurt and it’s going to be bloody.’ It doesn’t scare me away. So let’s do it.”
UFC 208 takes place on Saturday, February 11 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York with Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie headlining.