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· Dan Miller ~ I Will Fight Whenever

· Article author: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Posted on 03/03 at 02:58 AM

He is Dan Miller, the International Fight League (IFL) and CageFighting Fury Championship (CFFC) Middleweight Champion. He is 11-1-1 in his career. He has won three straight in the UFC over highly touted up and comers. So, where does this exciting fighter see his place among the top title contenders in the UFC? “Some day I would love the chance to fight them, but I feel I still need more fights before I get the chance to fight them.” That humbleness, along with his work ethic and willingness to step in at a moment’s notice, is precisely what makes Dan Miller a fan favorite in the talent rich middleweight division.

Recently Miller put all of those qualities on display when he stepped into the Octagon as a late replacement for Alessio Sakara against former WEC standout Jake Rosholt. Miller would grab a submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:08 of the first round. “My training went great despite only having a month’s notice. I am very happy with the way the fight went,” he would comment after the fight.

As for what Joe Silva and UFC officials might have in store for Miller, he would only say, “I have spoke with them briefly but all they said is that they would be working on my next fight soon. I wouldn’t mind avenging my only loss [a split decision to Mike Massenzio in 2006], but there are a lot of other fighters out there who I would like to get the chance to fight as well.” In the meantime, Miller isn’t taking any time off, because just like previous fights, he wants to be ready if that phone were to ring. “I will fight whenever and whomever the UFC wants me to fight.” That’s a statement that many fighters make, but Miller has obviously put it in to practice, so far, in his UFC career.

“Making it to the UFC is the biggest highlight in my career so far. It is a dream come true and I feel very lucky to be here. My goal has always been to be known as the best middleweight in the world.” With that goal though, comes lots of training and preparation. And Miller is receiving some of the very best training that the Sparta, NJ native can get. “I do my majority of training out of AMA Fight Club but I also go to Parisi’s Speed School to train with Martin Rooney. I feel confident in my BJJ. I get to train with some of the best grapplers in the world under Renzo Gracie.” That preparation paid solid dividends for Dan against Rosholt, and has Miller feeling very confident about competing at 185 lbs despite the surge of talent coming in from the 205 weight class. “This last fight, I was heavier than I have been a month out of a fight so this was a harder cut. I feel that I am doing fine at 185 pounds. Thanks to Martin Rooney’s strength and conditioning I have put on more muscle mass.” Dan Miller applies one of the nastiest chokes ever

So what is an average day of training like for Miller? “It’s different depending on the day, but usually, its strength and conditioning in the morning. Then straight to MMA practice, and Mauy Thai and Jiu Jitsu at night.” As for assessing his abilities, and where he stands as far as how he would rank his attributes, Miller tries to keep a level head, knowing that there is always room for improvement. “I feel my strengths are my wrestling and Jiu Jitsu. I don’t feel my striking is a weakness, but it is not up to par with the other aspects of my game.” With seven submission victories to his credit, it is hard to deny Miller’s ability to control a fight if it may go to the ground.

Dan’s brother Jim, also a UFC competitor, in the lightweight division, have traveled the road of success together and are very close. But although Jim might say differently, Dan says that there was little sibling rivalry with the smaller of the Miller brothers. “Jim and I never really fought as kids. There was a big size difference. My older brother Michael and I were about the same size so we had some good battles.” Obviously, family is very important to Dan, as he regards his parents as his biggest heroes growing up. But neither his family nor his friends quite comprehend the change in attitude that turns Dan from “normal guy” to “vicious mauler”. “No. I am pretty laid back and very easy going. A lot of people can’t believe that I actually get in the cage and fight.” But, of course, Dan does have a normal side as he described how he likes to get away from the daily adventure of being a professional fighter. “When I am not training I am working on my house trying to get it ready for the new addition to our family. My wife and I are expecting our first child at the end of March. I also have three dogs at home, two of which are hunting dogs that I take hunting with me during bird season.”

Once you get to know Dan a little, you realize quickly that it might not be long before he is in a position to add a UFC Middleweight title to his IFL and CFFC championships.

Dan Miller would like to thank the following people for helping in his success:
“I’d like to thank everyone at my gym who helped me get ready for my fights. I would especially like to thank my brother Jim, Mike Constantino, Jaime Cruz, Tony Valera and my lovely wife, Kristin.”**

by J. Andrew Yount

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