Esther Lin, MMAFighting
Bloody Elbow previews all 12 fights from UFC 158 tonight in Montreal, including a preliminary card fight between veteran Dan Miller and young Canadian prospect Jordan Mein.
UFC 158 has welterweight matchups from the top of the card to the Facebook prelims. Dan Miller (14-6, 1 NC MMA, 6-5 UFC) fights Jordan Mein (26-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the 2nd of 4 FX prelim bouts. Mein comes into this one as both the favorite in the betting odds as well as partisan crowd support.
It's only Miller's 2nd fight at WW, while Mein makes his UFC debut after an impressive run in smaller promotions throughout Canada. The UFC 158 preliminary card airs live on FX at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT.
How do these two stack up?
Miller: 31 years old | 6'0" | 74" reach
Mein: 23 years old | 6'0" | 73" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Miller has fought a murderer's row of middleweights in his time with the UFC, and unfortunately he's been on the losing end of just about all of them. Notable former and current top 10 fighters he's faced include Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, and Nate Marquardt. He lost all of these fights, but no one has ever been able to finish him. Following the loss to Rousimar Palhares, Miller dropped to welterweight, choking out Ricardo Funch in his June 2012 debut. He took the rest of 2012 off to care for his infant son, who recently had a successful kidney transplant operation. He's only 3-5 in his last 8 so he isn't necessarily safe from a UFC release, but a win over Mein would ease the pressure off of him.
Mein is one of the most promising young talents in the 170 lbs division. At just 23 years of age, he's fought a mixture of talented prospects and seasoned veterans such as Tyron Woodley, Joe Riggs, Josh Burkman, Forrest Petz, and Rory MacDonald. Recently, Mein has won 8 of his last 9, with the lone defeat coming against Tyron Woodley by split decision. He has proven he can win a fight no matter where it takes place, and with plenty of experience under his belt, he shouldn't be too frazzled in fighting another difficult opponent in Dan Miller.
Why should you care?
Miller is a grizzled veteran who is a tough outing for just about anyone, and Mein is only 23 with a seemingly bright future in the sport. It's a difficult fight to predict and it could be one of the best ones of the night.