Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller: Keys to Victory for Each Fighter

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Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller: Keys to Victory for Each Fighter
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Although it’s become a bit of an overused term in the MMA world, the phrase “this fight has Fight of the Night written all over it” definitely applies to the upcoming fight between Donald Cerrone and Jim Miller.

Fans couldn’t ask for a better pairing of lightweight contenders, as neither man is known for putting on boring performances. Both also have the ability to end the fight in an instant, whether it be on the feet or on the ground.

Cerrone is among the most popular lightweights on the UFC’s roster, a feat due in large part to his accomplishments under the popular WEC promotion. Cerrone had one of the most intense rivalries in recent memory with Jamie Varner and was a mainstay atop WEC cards.

He transitioned over to the UFC and has maintained his status as not only one of the more popular, but also one of the best 155-pound fighters in the world. He’s struggled a bit when given the chance to become a lightweight elite, but that hasn’t stopped Cerrone from signing up for as many fights as he can.

Miller has also struggled to climb over the hill between gatekeeper and lightweight elite. But it’s hard to knock the guy for losing to guys like Benson Henderson and Nate Diaz. Miller may not have the initial name value that “Cowboy” enjoys, but he routinely puts on some of the more exciting performances in the cage.

The fight looks poised to deliver some late fireworks in July with both men having plenty of opportunities to capitalize on the other’s mistakes. Here are the keys to victory for Cerrone and Miller.

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