Jim Miller is snug with the concept of retirement, however he’s not hanging up the gloves – win or lose – at UFC Fight Night 195.
Miller (32-16 MMA, 21-15 UFC) returns to motion for his file thirty eighth octagon look on Saturday when he meets Erick Gonzalez (14-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a light-weight bout on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The card streams on ESPN+.
Given his excessive longevity on the highest degree and the actual fact he’s now 38 years outdated, retirement dialogue is at all times current round Miller. His opponent instructed the media that he’d heard Miller meant to retire after this combat, however apparently, that’s not the case.
Miller squashed any retirement speak going into the occasion, and mentioned it’s nonetheless his purpose to hold round till UFC 300, as a result of he needs to make historical past preventing on that card after competing at UFC 200 and UFC 100.
“(He got) bad intel,” Miller instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters at Wednesday’s UFC Fight Night 195 media day. “Eventually I’ll retire. I really feel prefer it’s the mature factor to do and the accountable factor to do, to be snug with the concept as a result of I’m 38 years outdated. As a light-weight, that makes me fairly outdated for the division. I really feel prefer it’s the accountable factor to do is method it and never be like, ‘Oh sh*t. I’m not preventing anymore. Now what?’ It does really feel prefer it’s just a few years (now) the place it’s introduced up rather a lot. I’m OK speaking about it.
“I was super close in 2016 when I was sick with Lyme disease and I didn’t know about it. I made concessions like, ‘We can stop this any time.’ Now it’s kind of easy. I already did the hard part. … It’s not happening after Saturday night. I can guarantee you that.”
Miller doesn’t thoughts talking on life past MMA, however proper now, his head continues to be within the combat recreation. He will get an attention-grabbing matchup at UFC Fight Night 195 within the type of a promotional newcomer in Gonzalez. The 38-fight discrepancy in UFC expertise between the 2 is the largest margin for a single matchup in firm historical past.
Although it looks as if the familiarity on the largest stage may play in Miller’s favor, he mentioned it finally falls on Gonzalez to resolve that.
“It all depends on the individual,” Miller mentioned. “I think that one benefit for him is that it’s an Apex fight and it’s not a pay-per-view, a numbered event where you’re going to have 10,000 people, which is a different environment altogether. But I envision myself in his situation. Man, I would be – there’s nothing to lose. That’s what I’m expecting. I’m expecting the guy to come out with nothing to lose, and that’s dangerous.”