UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller LowKick.com Staff PredictionsPosted on May 4, 2012, 05:35 AM by Anton Gurevich
Anton Gurevich: It’s a tough fight to pick, but stylistically, I think Jim Miller has an advantage in this one. Diaz is a good match-up for Miller in terms of wrestling, and in my personal opinion, Jim Miller is more aggressive with his ground and pound. But if Diaz is successful in his goal to turn this fight into a stand-up battle, this fight will go his way from start to finish. It will be an exciting battle, since both fighters have the skillset to get the “W”. I’ll go with Miller via Decision.
Mike Drahota: The main event from New Jersey is an interesting bout to say the least. Nate Diaz has looked great in his two recent bouts at Lightweight, but I think Jim Miller is a step up in competition for him. Diaz no doubt has some great boxing and submission skills, but wrestling may be his kryptonite here. Miller's gritty style should be enough to keep Diaz neutralized for the most part, and I don't see him getting submitted or knocked out. It may not be enough for a title shot yet, but Miller is the real deal. I see Jim Miller winning a unanimous decision here.
Evan Holober: Jim Miller is a wrestler. The Diaz brothers have trouble with wrestlers that possess good takedown defense. Jim Miller is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Just following that train of thought makes Jim the favorite in this fight. His striking is not up to Diaz's skill set. His speed is good, but not great. His power is decent. But the D-1 wrestling background should put him in the driver seat once the action commences Saturday night. He'll have to make it ugly, and game-planning will play a big part in how he approaches this fight over five rounds. If Miller comes in with the mindset of "win" over "entertainment", he should take home the victory. If he doesn't Nate will pick him apart everywhere. Miller by split-decision.
Bryan Fontez: Diaz has been on a tear as of late and has been showing some serious signs of improvement and brilliance. By out-striking Donald Cerrone on the feet, and quickly finishing Takanori Gomi, he's moving into top 5 territory with some legitimate momentum. Jim Miller on the other hand should never be taken lightly. He's recently finished Melvin Guillard and is always dangerous. Both fighters are nearly un-finishable and have gone the distance with the divisions very best. With that said, I see this as a pick'em or a coin flip. But I think Miller will use his wrestling and Jiu-Jitsu defense, to stay in control and stay out of any dangerous positions. Miller via Unanimous Decision.