May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Nate Diaz (right) and Jim Miller fight during their lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Nate Diaz wins by submission in round two Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
Jim Miller had worked himself up to the verge of a UFC title shot before he ran into a buzzsaw in Nate Diaz in the main event of the last UFC on Fox show. He's been out of action since, and we're starting to get an idea why that is as MMA Fighting is reporting that Miller suffered a pretty significant injury and is gunning for a return before the end of the year.
During the May 5 bout, Miller tore an extensor muscle in his foot. The soft tissue aids in flexing the foot upwards along with extending the big toe.
"I would like to get him back in before the end of the year," he said. "He's just easing his way back into it all. He had significant time off, so the first step is just to get him back in the gym consistently and then we'll try to set something up."
Miller probably is going to spend his career in the UFC as a very high-level gatekeeper. It doesn't seem that he can quite beat the absolute top talent in the division, but he's capable of beating 90% of the division any night.