Jim Miller Reveals Slight Hesitation To Fight Bobby Green Due To Previous Cancellations, Explains Why He Accepted The UFC 300 Matchup

Jim Miller broke down the conversation that led to his upcoming fight on April 13 against Bobby Green.

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Jim Miller (left) and Bobby Green (right)(Images via Instagram @JimMiller_155 and @BobbyKingGreen)

Jim Miller described his reaction to finding out he will fight Bobby Green at UFC 300

On April 13, the UFC will return to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, for a highly-anticipated event, UFC 300. There are several must-see matchups on the main card, including two title fights, but the preliminary matchups shouldn’t be overlooked. 

The second fight of the night will feature two well-respected Octagon veterans – number fourteen-ranked lightweight Green vs unranked Miller. Next week’s event will be a special moment for the latter, as he previously fought at UFC 100 and UFC 200. 

During an interview on MMA Today, Miller discussed the historic achievement by discussing his excitement for the matchup against Green: 

“I think they wanted him to be my opponent because it’s a good fight. It’s a good matchup. We’ve both been around for a good time…I like the fight. I like the style. I’ve been watching Bobby fight for years. So, yeah, it’s a fun fight.”

Jim Miller reveals he was slightly cautious of fighting Bobby Green due to past cancellations 

In 2014, Jim Miller and Bobby Green were scheduled to fight at UFC 172, with ‘King’ pulling out due to an injury. Seven years later, they re-booked the matchup for UFC 258 before Green was forced to withdraw after he passed out backstage of the weigh-ins due to a botched cut. 

During the previously mentioned interview, Miller had this to say about his matchup against Green potentially being cursed: 

“The first time we tried to make the fight was 2014. So, obviously, we’ve both been around for a bit. It was a little bit different than most of the time. Usually I get an email or a text message from Sean offering a name and a date. I got a phone call from Sean Shelby, Dana White, and Hunter [Campbell], and Dana is like, ‘we’re trying to figure out an opponent for 300. What about Bobby Green?’ My first initial reaction was like, ah, come on. Don’t give me the hiccups and potentially the missed opportunity to fight on 300 because maybe this fight is cursed, who knows?”

Miller continued: 

“I’m not a superstitious guy, but like I’ve said, we’ve tried it a couple times. That was really it. Dana was like, ‘We like the fight. What do you think?’ I’m like, well listen, you want the fight, I’ll take the fight, but just realize he’s pulled out three times. I don’t think Dana realized that when they originally offered it… The reason I’m Jim f*cking Miller is because I don’t say no. I kind of screw myself sometimes, but yeah, that’s the way it is. They offered the fight, and I’m gonna take it.”

Jim Miller enters UFC 300 riding momentum after securing back-to-back finishes against Jesse Butler (first-round knockout) and Gabriel Benitez (third-round submission). ‘A-10’ now looks to enter the UFC lightweight rankings by taking out Bobby Green, who is coming off a first-round knockout loss against Jalin Turner

Watch Miller discuss his fight against Green below:

Published on April 4, 2024 at 9:06 pm
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