The UFC lightweight division has turned into the "wild wild west" as of late and one of its toughest competitors will be on display at UFC 128 as Jim Miller (19-2) takes on Kamal Shalorus (7-0-2). A win puts Miller one step closer to the "shot" he's been asking for and if Shalorus can pull off the upset victory it would raise his stock tremendously.
There are few fighters carrying the momentum that Jim Miller is currently riding. It's been two years since his last loss inside of the octagon which came against current number one contender Gray Maynard. In fact, Miller's only other loss came at the hands of the current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and since dropping the decision to "The Bully", Miller has put together six impressive victories. Miller's game is as well rounded as they come and while his striking has appeared stiff at times he more than makes up for whatever shortcomings he may have in his stand-up game with his wrestling and submission skills.
While Shalorus may not have a notch in the loss column he has seen two draws in nine fights. The Iranian is as strong as any lightweight fighter in the game but his skill set remains limited. In his most recent outing against Bart Palaszewski, Shalorus pulled out the split decision victory but in the fight prior to facing "Bartimus" Shalorus was out struck by former WEC champion Jamie Varner in a fight many considered to be a victory for Varner. Shalorus does possess power in his punches and if he catches Miller it could be the upset of the night. Shalorus' impressive grappling credentials -- including a stint on the British Olympic Greco-Roman team (he didn't make the Olympics) and some impressive wins in ADCC grappling competitions -- could possibly neutralize Miller's grappling as well.