UFC lightweight Jim Miller and his middleweight brother Dan have competed on the same cards before, but they'll be doing so back-to-back on pay-per-view this Saturday at UFC 128.
"I've heard a lot of people [say], 'Oh, what do you think of Dan's fight? It's great for Dan,' but nobody said, 'Hey Jim, it kind of sucks you have to sit and watch your brother fight right before you go out,'" Jim Miller said, laughing, on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour.
Dan is scheduled to face Nate Marquardt in the second of five fights on the pay-per-view. Meanwhile, Jim will meet Kamal Shalorus right after Dan's fight and preceding the two co-main events.
The Miller brothers' coach and manager Mike Constantino will need to overcome the adrenaline dump of cornering Dan's fight. Constantino adds: "I'm in there and I'm screaming my head off like I usually do ... Now I got to get myself right up there and do it again."
Although there's an added stress, Jim prefers competing on the same fight cards with his brother. Jim says he feeds off Dan's energy and compares the experience to revisiting their early MMA days when they would compete together on local cards in New Jersey.
"It's kind of a throwback," Jim said. "It's exciting and it definitely adds as little bit more fire to me when I get into the ring."
So far it's worked out for the Sparta-born brothers. Competing on the same card, the two have combined for a record of 12-1 with one no contest. They've fought together once in the UFC, last December at UFC 124, and both emerged victorious.
When he meets Shalorus on Saturday, Jim will be seeking his seventh straight UFC win. Miller admits he was initially surprised with the offer to face the lesser ranked fighter, but preferred to stay active rather than wait until the summer for a fight.
Shalorus is a WEC import and will be making his UFC debut. Miller previously told MMA Hour host Ariel Helwani that the WEC lightweights entering the UFC will be "weeded out pretty quickly." So far, the WEC lightweights have done fine, but Miller won't go back on his word just yet.
"The initial comment was brought basically on by [Anthony] Pettis getting the next title shot and [talk of] the WEC guys coming in and basically owning the UFC and beating all the guys at the top of the UFC's lightweight division," Miller cleared up. "That's what I meant. They haven't fought any of the top guys yet."
But what if the WEC lightweights end up climbing the ranks against stiff competition?
"If they clean us out," Miller said. "Then I'll eat my hat."
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