by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The further dismantling of the International Fight League’s roster of fighters continues as current IFL middleweight champion Dan Miller and his brother, Jim Miller, a highly touted lightweight prospect, have both signed on with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The news was first reported by Marcus Mera from IGuillotine.com with confirmation from Mike Constantino, the lead trainer for both of the Miller brothers.
Dan Miller in his second fight in the IFL won the promotion’s middleweight title by defeating Ryan McGivern, but due to the company’s financial disparity he was unable to ever defend his title.
The other addition to the UFC’s roster is Jim Miller, who is considered one of the top lightweight prospects in all of MMA. After amassing an impressive record in regional MMA promotions, Miller debuted in the IFL by defeating former top contender Bart Palaszewski in April 2008.
Coincidentally, Miller’s only professional loss came at the hands of current UFC lightweight Frankie Edgar in a bout the two had in Reality Fighting in 2006.
The signing of the Miller brothers fuels further speculation that the IFL is officially out of business, although the promotion has not confirmed any purchase or sale at this current time.
Dan Miller is the first of the current line-up of IFL champions to have signed with another organization since the financial troubles of the promotion started earlier this year.
Both Jim and Dan Miller will comment on their new deal with the UFC during an appearance on MMAWeekly Radio Thursday night at 9pm EST/6pm PST.