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Gray Maynard vs. Jim Miller added to UFC 96 in Columbus

An intriguing lightweight matchup between Gray Maynard and Jim Miller has been added to UFC 96, which is set to take place in Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena on March 7.

MMA Weekly was first to report the potential matchup and has since confirmed the news with sources close to the fight.

Miller, who trains out of the AMA Fight Club in New Jersey, is 2-0 since making his UFC debut at UFC 89 in October. Facing David Baron, Miller submitted the Frenchman at 3:19 of round 3.

He recorded his second Octagon victory on just one week’s notice during last month’s “UFC Fight for the Troops” event after recording a unanimous decision win over Matt Wiman. The bout earned the UFC’s “Fight Night Bonus” as its “Fight of the Night.”

Overall, Miller is 13-1 with notable wins outside the UFC against Muhsin Corbbrey, James “Binky” Jones, Chris Liguori, Nuri Shakir, Anthony Morrison, and Bart Palaszewski.

Maynard trains out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas and is 6-0 with four of his victories having come in the UFC. The former college wrestling standout holds notable wins over Joe Veres, Dennis Siver, and Frankie Edgar. His most recent victory was at UFC 90 this past October, where he was awarded a unanimous decision win against Rich Clementi.

Maynard and Miller have a common opponent in Edgar, who Maynard was able to defeat but Miller lost to when the two New Jersey-based fighters met at Reality Fighting 14 in October of 2006. The loss is the only blemish on Miller’s record and the fight was a closely contested bout that went to the judges.

In addition to Maynard vs. Miller, other bouts expected for UFC 96 include heavyweights Shane Carwin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga along with a middleweight matchup between Kendall Grove and Jason Day.

  • Davey D says:

    Great fight. It should be a hard fought war between these two. Rumor has it that Ben Saunders vs. Dustin Hazlett is also in the process of being finailized for this card too. Will they match Chuck up with Jardine again or will they each have seperate opponent’s? If so, who would each one fight?

  • Jordan says:

    gotta give it to maynard by decision……i dont see miller being able to stop grays takedowns

  • CubanLinx says:

    Should make for an absolute war.

  • rondog6669 says:

    I still hope for Mir vs Lesner 2 on this card

  • KTru says:

    Fight of the Night winner right here

  • Tyler says:

    Unless Miller pulls of a submission then this fight is sure to get booed by the fans!

  • kingTCB says:

    Gray by decision due to his terrible lay and pray. Only reason he beat Edgar 2

  • mike wolfe says:

    I’ll bet it’s mostly a stand up war. Miller impressed me in his fight with Wiman, whom he pushed around. Maynard is also big and strong, so this should be a great fight.

  • Voridor says:

    Once again, who will Sean Sherk fight? It has to be Florian at this point because there is no one else for him to fight now that Maynard is fighting. He is getting screwed because Florian doesn’t want to fight him.


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