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Default The Forward Roll: UFC on FX 1 Edition

From MMAFighting.com:


For Jim Miller, Saturday night was another impressive performance against an opponent on the fringe of the division's top 10. The next thing he needs is a breakthrough win against a truly elite opponent. Overall, Miller's resume is outstanding. He's a finisher, with 15 stoppage victories in 21 career wins. His only three losses have come to Frank Edgar, Gray Maynard and Ben Henderson -- a UFC champ, and two No. 1 contenders, respectively.

Now, it's time for Miller to get over the hump. At least mentally, he's there. After beating Melvin Guillard at last Friday night's UFC on FX 1, he said that he believes he's the "most dangerous lightweight in the world."

His aggressive, hard-charging attitude is proof of that self-confidence, even if he's struggled at times against the best 155 has to offer. The same can't be said for Guillard, who has now lost two in a row and seems to panic whenever he hits the ground against a submission threat.

All six of Guillard's UFC losses have come by way of choke submission -- three rear naked chokes, two guillotines and one triangle, if you're scoring at home. After recently moving his training camp to Florida, he has a new jiu-jitsu coach. Guillard is now 28 years. He's not so young anymore, so he'd be wise to take some time off and work intensively on his ground game. If he doesn't shore up that problem, he's destined to be what he's always been, a million-dollar standup fighter with a 50-dollar ground game. That might sound a bit harsh, but Guillard's tapped out nine times in 42 career fights, an unacceptable ratio