UFC 128 Fight Card Primer: Jim Miller vs. Kamal Shalorus

J. Miller vs. Shalorus, photo via UFC.com

Lightweights Jim Miller (19-2, 8-1 UFC) and Kamal Shalorus (7-0-2) meet on the main card of UFC 128. The bout will air on the pay-per-view broadcast.

How do these guys stack up?

Miller: 27 years old, 5'8"
Shalorus: 29-40 years old, 5'8"

What have they done lately?

Miller: W Charles Oliveira (SUB), W Gleison Tibau (DEC), W Mark Bocek (DEC)
Shalorus: W Bart Palaszewski (DEC), D Jamie Varner, W Dave Jansen (DEC)

How did these guys get here?

Jim Miller is a very well rounded mixed martial artist who prefers to finish fights with submissions. In his 21 fights he has only lost twice, once to Gray Maynard and once to Frankie Edgar. Since finding his way to the UFC he has won two Submission of the Night bonuses as well as a Fight of the Night bonus for his war with Matt Wiman. After rattling off six straight wins since his last loss (a decision loss to Maynard), including an impressive kneebar submission of favored Charles Oliveira in his last bout, it seemed that it was time for Jim to get a fight that would test his status as a legitimate top end contender. Instead, he will face the rugged Kamal Shalorus in Kamal's first UFC bout.

Kamal Shalorus comes from an interesting background. His true age is not known as he says he was given his deceased brother's birth certificate when he was born and no one marked the date of his actual birth. He claims to be close to 29 years old while his birth certificate says he is 37. Kamal also has a fairly successful amateur wrestling background. Shalorus was signed to the WEC after going 4-0-1 on the regional scene. His powerful striking allowed him to TKO Will Kerr at WEC 44. A decision win over Dave Jansen was followed by a controversial draw with Jamie Varner (a fight Bloody Elbow scored for Varner). In Kamal's last fight he won a split decision over Bart Palaszewski. He now finds himself with a perfect record and in the UFC looking to make a huge splash against the much more proven Jim Miller.

Why should you care?

Miller is a legitimate contender in the lightweight division. He has only lost to the two best lightweights in the world and has proven that he can beat most men in the 155 pound division. Shalorus swings for the fences and can make things exciting. If he uses his wrestling, will Miller be able to submit him? There are many interesting questions in this fight?


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