Jim Miller vs. Nate Diaz: With a Win, Miller Deserves UFC Title Shot

Mike MorganContributor IIIMay 3, 2012

There are some things in this world that I'll just never quite be able to comprehend. 

Before you think I'm about to get really deep, understand that I'm talking about how the UFC decides who gets the next shot at fighting for a belt. 

Granted, sometimes it makes sense. Yes, Frankie Edgar was a terrific champion and deserves an immediate rematch with Ben Henderson. I'm behind that fight 100 percent. 

What I can't get behind is Dana White announcing to USA Today that not one, but two of the fights at tomorrow's UFC on Fox event have title implications, because not every fighter is ready for a title fight, even with a win. 

Whatever happened to the old saying, to the victor goes the spoils?

In this case, that is only half true. 

If Nate Diaz beats Jim Miller tomorrow night, Diaz will find himself fighting either Edgar or Henderson for the lightweight strap. 

However, if Jim Miller wins the fight, he is still at least one fight away from a shot at the title. 

By the way, Vegas has Jim Miller as a solid -230 betting line favorite in the fight. 

So let's get this straight: Miller, the owner of a 21-3 professional mixed martial arts record and the current favorite to win the fight, isn't, as of yet, being considered a title contender?

Yet, Nate Diaz and his 15-7 MMA record is? 

5-5 in his last 10 fights and Diaz, with a win over Miller is going to be fighting for the title?


Don't get me wrong, Nate Diaz is a talented fighter who has looked better than ever in his last two fights, both convincing wins over Takanori Gomi and Donald Cerrone. 

But still, Diaz, in the two fights prior to the Gomi fight, lost to Rory MacDonald and Dong Hyun Kim. 

Meanwhile, Miller has won nine of his previous ten fights. The lone loss coming against current champion, Ben Henderson. 

Miller fought Henderson while also battling a kidney infection and mononucleosis. 

Forgive me for over dramatizing this, but it is an injustice. If, with a win, Nate Diaz will fight for the title, then there is no logic in the world to explain why Jim Miller, if victorious on Saturday night, should not find himself with the same opportunity.