Jim Miller Says He Wants to Finish Joe Lauzon
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 12.21.2012
That's what he's focused on...
Jim Miller recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his fight with Joe Lauzon at UFC 155 and more. Check out the highlights:
On the positive side of his losses to Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz: "It shows me where I am – I know I can beat any of these guys who have beaten me, and could've beaten them that night had I gotten off a little bit sooner, or had the momentum not gone their way. It comes down to little things, and it makes me know I can beat anyone in the world and be the champion. There's a little bit of that, 'Son of a b----. That would've been a good one to win' (after those losses). But I know where I am and know where I am because the guys who have been able to beat me are at the top."
On Lauzon: "I'm a fan of his, and I think it's an exciting fight and I match up well with him. I'm excited to get back in the swing of things because even after I came back from the injury, I was having a tough time just getting back in consistently with everything going on. It's good to be back and going full-bore."
On being more focused on finishing Lauzon than winning Fight of the Night: "You never know who's going to take those bonuses – you never know what else is going to be on the card. So it really doesn't come into my mind. I'm looking to put him away. I'm looking to get a sub or a knockout and make it impressive over him. If he can survive the whole night, then yeah – I'll take a 'Fight of the Night.' But I just want to go out and have a dominant fight and satisfy myself. I haven't been satisfied with a fight for coming up on two years now and it's really been eating at me. I want to get in there and do everything I'm capable of."
On his win over Melvin Guillard: "The Guillard fight, I was happy I won and happy I finished him. But it wasn't a dominant two-minute fight. He landed a shot, and that's not what I want. I want to go in and make somebody look bad. I want to beat him up and be dominant from bell to bell. I try to be my own biggest critic and really push myself."
On his hopes that this will be a win that rebounds him toward the top: "That's the plan: Beat him as dominantly as I can, take another big one and put somebody else away."