When BJJ specialists Dan Miller and Rousimar Palhares clash later tonight in Rio de Janeiro at UFC 134 it seems something will have to give, as both men have tapped out three-quarters of the opponents they’ve beaten without actually having been submitted themselves. It is perhaps for that reason Miller is counting on the bout being one of the biggest challengers of his career, though anyone familiar with the 30-year old’s background knows he is no stranger to adversity.
“I expect a very tough three-round battle. I will be looking for the submission but am certainly not afraid to stand and use my hands,” Miller explained through an official press release. “Either way, I always enjoy testing myself against top opponents in the Octagon.”
Miller took the match-up with only about a month to prepare – the latest in his history of stepping up to the plate when needed including doing on a week’s notice before taking on Nate Marquardt at UFC 128 where he fought to a decision loss – but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t already found a an aspect of the Brazilian’s game he hopes to exploit at the event.
“I am focused on capitalizing on a mistake that my opponent makes,” Miller continued though didn’t elaborate on the specific nature of Palhares’ flawed approach.
After the fight, the next place fans see Miller may not necessarily be in a ring but on the pages of MMA-centric comic book “Joe Palooka”. The 13-5 middleweight is one of a handful of fighters representing the Team Palooka brand who is slated for a guest appearance in the series focusing on the “Legion of Combat” where teams from the around the world compete towards championship glory.
“It sounds like a very exciting and unique opportunity. It is something that not everyone can be a part of, so I will proudly fly the Palooka colors.”
Viewers can tune into Miller’s next adventure tonight on Spike TV starting at 8:00 PM EST. While he may be showered with boos based on his nationality and the show’s location, it’s clear to see Miller is anything but a villain.
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