UFC 159 fight card primer: Jim Miller vs. Pat Healy

Esther Lin

Bloody Elbow previews all 11 fights from UFC 159 tonight in Newark, N.J., including a preliminary card fight between veteran Jim Miller and Strikeforce import Pat Healy.

UFC 159's main card will open with an intriguing lightweight battle when Jim Miller (22-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) faces former Strikeforce No. 1 contender Pat Healy (29-16 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

Miller will be out to win his second straight after a big win at UFC 155, while Healy will look to extend his six-fight winning streak in his return to the UFC. UFC 159's main cards airs starting at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on pay-per-view.

How do these two stack up?

Miller: 29 years old | 5'8" | 71" reach
Healy: 29 years old | 6'0" | 72" reach

What have these two done recently?

Miller: W - Joe Lauzon (UD) | L - Nate Diaz (SUB) | W - Melvin Guillard (SUB)
Healy: W - Kurt Holobaugh (UD) | W - Mizuto Hirota (UD) | W - Caros Fodor (SUB)

How did these two get here?

Miller is a long-time veteran of the UFC lightweight division, making his promotional debut at UFC 89 in October 2008. Since, he's tried to climb the mountain, at one point winning seven in a row before dropping a decision to current champion Ben Henderson. After trouncing Melvin Guillard, Miller faced Nate Diaz with a title shot on the line, but Diaz was completely able to stymie Miller, submitting him with a guillotine choke in the second round, the only time Miller's been finished in his career.

A long-time journeyman fighter, Healy has competed all over but will be making his UFC debut here. The well-traveled Healy holds wins over the likes of Dan Hardy and Carlos Condit. The Condit win earned him a spot in the UFC back in 2006, but it didn't last long after a submission loss to Anthony Torres at UFC Fight Night 6. Healy floated around before debuting in Strikeforce in May 2010, where he won 7-of-8 fights, with the lone loss coming in his second bout there to Josh Thomson. Since, he's reeled off six straight wins, including submission wins over Maximo Blanco and Caros Fodor. He was twice supposed to fight Gilbert Melendez for the Strikeforce lightweight title, but the matchup never materialized.

Why should you care?

Miller is undoubtedly one of the best lightweights in the division. Healy wanted a big fight after being jerked around by Strikeforce and gets it here. These two have similar styles and it will be interesting to see which man can impose his will on the other.

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