The 2nd main card fight at UFC 168 in Las Vegas is a Lightweight showdown between veteran Jim Miller (22-4, 1 NC MMA; 11-3, 1 NC UFC) and Brazil's Fabricio Camoes (14-7-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC). Miller is ranked #10 in the UFC's official media rankings while Camoes is not only un-ranked but he's a fairly substantial underdog.
Honestly speaking, this is more of a chance for Miller to get back on the winning track than anything that could suggest this is a very close fight on paper. Miller has gone from red-hot title contender to struggling to stay afloat in the top 10. It's arguably the toughest fight yet for Camoes, and another loss could mean another release from the promotion. The UFC 168 main card airs live on PPV at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Miller: 30 years old | 5'8" | 71" reach
Camoes: 35 years old | 5'10" | 75" reach
What have these two done lately?
How did these two get here?
Miller once had a run of 7 straight victories in the UFC and had his sights set squarely on a title shot. In August 2011 he was thoroughly dispatched by Ben Henderson, who would go on to become the lightweight champion just a few months later. A rear-naked choke stoppage of Melvin Guillard set the New Jersey native up for a main event fight against Nate Diaz in Newark, but Diaz knocked him down in the opening round and then choked him out in the 2nd, thereby becoming the first man to ever finish Miller. Jim closed out 2012 with a bloody war with Joe Lauzon, which he won by unanimous decision, but his quest for another winning streak was thwarted by Pat Healy's 3rd round submission win. Healy failed the UFC 159 post-fight drug test so Miller's loss is now a no contest.
Camoes is a BJJ black belt who is in the middle of his 2nd stint with the organization. His first run saw him draw against Caol Uno and then lose to Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 111, and the pink slip was handed out. It took him only two wins to get back in the UFC, and he finally recorded his first victory in the Octagon with a slick submission over Tommy Hayden in January 2012. His last fight was a decision loss to Melvin Guillard at UFC 155, which was also the same card as Jim Miller's last win.
Why should you care?
Jim Miller brings the excitement in all of his fights, and as a significant betting favorite he's expected to dominate and keep himself in the top 10 of the division.