Miller v LauzonThe last time fans saw UFC lightweight Jim Miller in the Octagon the New Jersey native suffered the only stoppage loss of his career, succumbing to a submission from Nate Diaz in their May match-up. Rather than look for a relatively easy win to get back on track in his follow-up fight, Miller instead opted to take a tilt with noted finisher Joe Lauzon as a late replacement, putting him in a situation he prefers even if it’s not the ideal one by most folks’ standards.

“Coming off a loss, I wanted a big name and I wanted a tough fight. I wanted a fight that would get me back at the top of the card,” said the 21-4 Miller in an interview with the UFC’s website. “Joe has definitely solidified himself as one of the top lightweights, so it is an exciting fight for me. Joe is one hell of a fighter and I’m a big fan of watching his fights. I really like the way he approaches fighting, so it is really cool because I like to fight guys who I have this level of respect for. It’s going to be a fun night.”

Of course, Miller’s idea of “fun” involves blood, sweat, and basic brutality in an format fans will love.

“I’m going in there to fight as hard as I can and leave it all in there,” explained the 29-year old grappler. “I expect if the fight goes the full 15 minutes then I’ll be dead tired and I won’t be able to stand up. If that’s not the case then I’m not going to be happy about it.”

Miller-Lauzon are set to serve as the co-headlining tilt tonight at UFC 155.