But if Miller defeats Henderson, that's exactly what's waiting for him. This after what would be eight consecutive victories and a long, grueling road through one of the toughest divisions in MMA.
And it's that added pressure on Miller's back that takes it off "Bendo's," as he tells MMA Weekly:
"As far as the last time I fought and it was for, the winner fights for the UFC title -- that was a lot of pressure on me and, I didn't fold up underneath the pressure I don't think but I didn't perform my game plan. I didn't do what I wanted to do, I let that get to my head a little bit. I'm not saying that's going to happen for Jim for sure but the onus is on him. If he wins, he gets a title shot. If I win, I upset his title aspirations and what not. But I would say, yeah, the onus is on him."
Henderson is coming off an impressive decision victory over Mark Bocek at UFC 129 this past April, a victory witnessed by over 55,000 live fans in attendance and over 800,000 pay-per-view purchasers at home. Which essentially means fighting on a Versus broadcasted event is small potatoes in comparison.
Especially when he's not the one with everything to lose.
Hear more from the "Smooth" one in the extended entry including what his thoughts are on defending the honor of the WEC and how he sees the fight playing out once it hits the Octagon.