It looks like the title prospect will meet the lightweight project at UFC 124 in Montreal.
New Jersey native Jim Miller has been tapped to face Brazilian upstart Charles Oliveira in a lightweight battle at UFC 124, in what will likely be a main card bout on the upcoming card in Canada.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Wednesday. The news of the bout was initially reported by MMADiehards.com on Wednesday as well.
Looking like he only may be a fight or two away from title contention, Jim Miller (18-2) has never backed down from a challenge. During his time with the UFC, Miller has gone an impressive 7-1 with his only loss coming by way of decision to current top lightweight contender Gray Maynard.
Defeating Gleison Tibau in his last fight, Miller has vaulted to the short list of future 155lb contenders, and he will have to defeat a very tough young up and comer to maintain that position at UFC 124.
Sitting with a perfect 14-0 record, Charles Oliveira let his presence be known in his first trip to the Octagon when he submitted Darren Elkins in only :41 seconds. He proved his first win wasn’t a fluke when he submitted former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Efrain Escudero on short notice in September, after an impressive performance throughout the fight.
Now Oliveira will get another extremely tough challenge as the Brazilian travels north to Montreal to face Miller in a key lightweight showdown.
While the UFC has made no announcement about the bout, it’s like that Miller vs. Oliveira will make the televised broadcast of the UFC 124 show in some capacity.