UFC 228: Jim Miller Discusses Battle With Lyme Disease Following Pivotal Win
By FCF Staff
Following his pivotal win at UFC 228 on Saturday, lightweight vet Jim Miller reported he’s been feeling much better in recent months, despite his battle with Lyme disease the last few years.
Miller took out Alex White in the opening round, after stunning the fighter with a big left, and then sinking in a rear-naked-choke. The victory snapped a four fight losing streak for Miller, who reportedly began feeling symptoms from Lyme disease back in 2015.
After the victory, Miller had this to say about his recovery (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“The journey that I’ve been on, it’s tough for me because I don’t want people to know,” Miller said. “I don’t want them to know what I’m going through. I don’t want them to experience it themselves, I don’t want them to have a loved one experience it. And the most messed up part is that my Lyme disease is not that bad, comparatively, to some people I’ve met.
“It sucks, and the last six or eight months I’ve felt pretty damn good. I’ve been able to train in a way that gets me ready to do my best inside the octagon. That’s something I hadn’t been able to do in a long time.”
“If I did a light circuit or I bench pressed 185 pounds I’d feel like I lifted a boulder off my chest,” said Miller, while reflecting on the symptoms he had previously. “I wouldn’t be able to move for three days.”
With the win Saturday, the 35 year-old Miller moved his record to 29-12.