Two of the top-ranked lightweights in the world, Jim Miller and Ben Henderson, will collide tonight (Aug. 14, 2011) in the UFC on Versus 5: "Hardy vs. Lytle" co main event from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
MIller has done his recent damage inside the Octagon, compiling 10 wins faster than any fighter in the relative short history of the promotion. He has just one defeat during that span, dropping a unanimous decision to current number one division contender Gray Maynard back in 2009.
Henderson, meanwhile, has been busy beating up opposition under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner, defeating Jamie Varner to win the division's undisputed crown back in Jan. 2010. "Smooth," however, lost the belt in a sensational fight against Anthony Pettis just before the promotion was folded into the UFC.
Both men, mirror images with bottomless gas tanks, are among the most aggressive cats in their class. And tonight they will likely push the pace for 15 full minutes in a fight that has all the ingredients to be an entertaining barnburner.
Neither Miller nor Henderson have ever been stopped via strikes. And only Henderson, in just his third fight, has ever been forced to tap out to a submission. Since then he's demonstrated a near superhuman-like ability to escape even the deepest submission attempts.
It's essentially a match up between two talented men who are difficult to stop early and likely won't stop until their lights are turned out. Miller is the more methodical of the pair, while Henderson is the flashier fighter.
Both have historically put on entertaining performances on their own. Now that they are locked inside a cage together, with top contender implications on the line, it's likely to be the "Fight of the Night."
Perhaps even an instant classic.