Photo of Jim Miller via Zenfs.com.
With the sophomore effort of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on network television just days away on Jan. 28, 2012, the promotion today announced that a fantastic lightweight showdown will be featured on its third show, which will take place at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., on May 5, 2012.
Jim Miller, who hails from nearby Sparta, will take on Stockton, Calif., scrapper Nate Diaz in what is likely a number one 155-pound contender eliminator match on the UFC on Fox 3 televised main card.
UFC President Dana White shared the good news via his official twitter account.
Miller is fresh off a first round submission win over Melvin Guillard in the UFC on FX 1 main event, surviving an early knockdown to roar back and choke out the "Young Assassin." The win marked his tenth inside the Octagon in 12 tries, losing only to top division contenders Gray Maynard and Ben Henderson, respectively, since 2008.
He is among the very best lightweights in the world.
So, too, is Diaz, meaning that the winner will likely challenge the man who emerges victorious in the fight between UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson, which takes place next month (Feb. 25, 2012) in Tokyo, Japan.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 winner took out Takanori Gomi via submission at UFC 135 and then boxed up Donald Cerrone at UFC 141 to earn a unanimous decision to solidify his spot among the division's elite.
Miller will certainly look to close the distance and exploit Diaz's suspect wrestling, while Diaz will most likely aim to keep his distance and pick apart the New Jersey native with his always-improving stand up skills.
Regardless of how it plays out on fight night, it's a dynamic, meaningful match up that has White extremely excited:
"Our 3rd FOX fight May 5th at the IZOD Center in New Jersey will feature Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller!!! Nate = 3 sub and 5 FON Jim = 3 SON!!"
No other bouts for UFC on Fox 3 have been revealed at this time. Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for the latest news and updates regarding this still-developing fight card.