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Jim Miller ‘enjoys the experience’ of fighting at a high level

Jim Miller will headline the UFC Vegas 23 preliminary card, as he enters the Octagon for the first time in 2021, entering his 13th year.

Jim Miller first began competing in the UFC in 2008. Since his debut, Miller has fought some of the sport’s longest-tenured veterans. Notable names include Gray Maynard, Duane Ludwig, Nate Diaz, Joe Lauzon, Benson Henderson, and more. Miller is currently 3-2 in his last five appearances, most recently defeating Roosevelt Roberts in June of 2020.

At 37 years-old, Miller simply wants to continue enjoying his UFC journey, as he embraces the consistent activity of fight preperation while stepping into the Octagon. He also fought during two landmark events, UFC 100 and UFC 200, adding to an already long list of feats from throughout his career thus far.

Miller will headline the UFC Vegas 23 preliminary portion, as he takes on Joe Solecki in a lightweight encounter. Miller spoke highly of his jiu-jitsu pedigree.

“I knew a little bit about him,” Miller said. “Yeah, you know, he’s a very good grappler. You know, so, it’s a fight that I’ve had plenty of times, you know. I mean, I’ve fought guys who are better-credentialed grapplers than he is, and I’ve subbed out guys that are better-credential grapplers than he is. But, you know, you throw strikes in the mix and you throw, you know, the fight atmosphere in the mix and a lot of that [expletive] just goes out the window. So, yeah, it’s a fight against a very dangerous up-and-comer. You know, a bit younger than me, a guy that’s chopping at the bit to make his name in the division. So, it’s a place that I’ve been before, you know, myself as him. And it’s an opponent I’ve had before as well. It’s just a fight, you know.”

Win or lose, Miller’s mindset remains the same.

“At this point, it’s like ‘eh man.’ There’s been quite a few of them.,” Miller said.  “I get fired up for every one of them, and I’m excited to come out here and go this stuff, like trying on new outfits, getting sized for the new fight kit or do the shadow boxing and the posing pictures over and over and over again, but it’s part of the deal. At this point, it’s like you kinda miss it when it’s not there. I enjoy every experience that I can get when I have the opportunity to fight.”

Jim Miller wants a quick turnaround

Miller has been known to compete multiple times in the same year, as he plans to set his sights for the blockbuster July pay-per-view as his next appearance.

“I don’t like the layoff,” Miller said. “I would like to come out of this one healthy and fight on the McGregor-Poirier card. You know, I think that’s a good timeframe for me. I can ease up for a few weeks and then not get too out of shape or put on weight and just get right back into the grind and keep things going. That’s my plan. We’ll see if the stars allign aand the matchmaking can for me, and we’ll go from there.”

Miller enters Saturday at 32-15, as he starts his 13th year with the promotion.

UFC Vegas 23 takes place on Saturday, April 10, 2021, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided, who is on-site, for all your live news and highlights.

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