Having made his initial impact at 145 pounds, former WEC veteran Micah Miller has been steadily moving up in weight.
Most recently, this past April, Miller returned to fighting after nearly a yearlong layoff to defeat Eddie Larrea in King of the Cage by rear naked choke. The win not only put Miller back on track after a loss in his previous fight, but proved he made the right choice by moving up in weight.
“I’ve been trying to put on weight the past couple of years and fill out my frame a little bit, so that was my first fight at welterweight,” said Miller. “Even though he was bigger than me, I felt strong and got a lot of takedowns and eventually got the submission finish like I usually go for.”
The decision to move up in weight comes as Miller has aged and began to fill out his six-foot-one-inch frame, as well as become a more effective fighter.
“I’d fought at 145 pounds since I was 18 years old, and I kept fighting and fighting, so I figured it was time to stop and put weight on because I was growing into a more mature body,” said Miller.
“After my fight with Georgi (Karakhanyan in 2012), I didn’t feel like I was strong enough in the cage, so I decided it was time to move up.”
After spending the last couple years building himself up on smaller shows, Miller (19-6) will return to the national stage when he makes his Titan FC debut on Friday in Fayetteville, N.C., against former UFC vet Bristol Marunde (13-9).
“I’ve been on TV a few times before when I was in WEC, XFC, and Dream, but it’s been a few years,” said Miller. “This is a big opportunity with Titan to re-introduce myself nationally.
“On fight night I’m going to have to remind people that I can put guys away, and at welterweight I’m going to be a threat, so I’m looking forward to it.”
When it comes to fighting the larger Marunde, Miller told MMAWeekly.com that his strategy doesn’t change now that he’s at a bigger weight.
“Decision wins are subpar performances and don’t really count to me,” said Miller. “That grind-it-out win isn’t for me and is not why I got into the sport. I’m going to go for the knockout or submission.”
Having been out of the national spotlight a couple years, Miller is intent on making his presence known on Aug. 22 and reminding people why he was one of the sport’s top young prospects at one time.
“(Marunde) has got some good experience, and I’m fighting on a bigger show like Titan, so I have everything to gain here,” said Miller. “A good performance is going to do a lot for me.
“I need to re-introduce myself to people, let them know I’m still here, and show them what I’m about.”