by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
A pivotal lightweight match-up has been added to the UFC 96 card in Columbus, Ohio, as Gray Maynard and Jim Miller will clash in a fight that could determine a top contender in the ever-growing 155-pound weight class. The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Monday.
Making his promotional debut at UFC 89 in England, former International Fight League lightweight Jim Miller let his presence be known when he submitted David Baron in the third round of a hard fought contest.
His next fight came on just over a week’s notice as Miller stepped in to face Matt Wiman at the UFC Fight for the Troops show in December. Despite virtually no training camp and just coming back from his honeymoon, Miller defeated Wiman with a unanimous decision win.
Gray Maynard steps into the fight against Miller riding a four-fight win streak and still undefeated in his career (the only blemish being a no contest against Rob Emerson in June 2007).
The “Bully” has improved his overall game while training with the team at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. After handing Frankie Edgar the first loss of his career, Maynard came back at UFC 90 in October and picked up a unanimous decision win over Rich Clementi.
The fight between Miller and Maynard will likely end up on the main card, but the UFC has made no official announcement about the bout or the headliner for the show which remains a matter of speculation at this point.