UFC 168: Jim Miller Says He’s no One’s “Stepping Stone”Heading Into Bout With Fabricio Camoes
By FCF Staff
Although Jim Miller’s recent losses have come against top tier competition, the perennial contender is at risk of exiting the UFC’s top ten lightweight rankings, if he’s defeated by Fabricio Camoes at UFC 168.
Heading into Saturday’s bout, Miller has just two wins in his last five bouts, with losses coming to Benson Henderson, Nate Diaz and Pat Healy (although the last defeat was eventually declared a no-contest after Healy tested positive for marijuana). As a result, the well rounded fighter currently sits at #10, after working his way to the top of the division not long ago.
In a recent interview with UFC.com, however, the 30 year-old vet relayed that he has no intention of relinquishing his top ten spot.
“He’s got something to prove against me but I’ve got something to prove against him too,” he said. “We are all trying to leave our mark and he’s going to try to leave his on me. I don’t sleep on anybody and I don’t want to be anyone’s stepping stone, so I’m looking to fight my fight and put him away.”
“He’s good on the ground and he’s really good at taking guys’ backs,” said Miller. “He’s a tough guy; there are no slouches in the UFC and he’s definitely not one. He’s very dangerous and has lots of experience. I have to fight smart and fight my fight.”
Camoes, meanwhile, will be looking to rebound from a unanimous decision loss he suffered versus Melvin Guillard in July, 2012. Prior to that the Brazilian submitted Tommy Hayden at a UFC on FX event in January, 2012.
UFC 168 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.