UFC Lightweight bout: Jim Miller vs. Charles Oliveira
Betting Pick: Miller
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In yet another competitive Lightweight matchup, skilled veteran Jim Miller and undefeated prospect Charles Oliveira will go at it. Both of these guys have top-notch ground games all around, so this should be an evenly matched fight, and a win here will do a lot to help the standing of the winner in the division.
Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira is a tough, undefeated Brazilian with a solid ground game and excellent submissions. Only once in 14 fights has he gone the distance, and a majority of his wins are by submission. While he has looked dominant so far in his career, Miller is not only a huge step up in competition, he is someone capable of testing Oliveira’s strengths to the limit, so he is going to need a career performance if he wants to keep his record untarnished.
Miller, a long-time veteran of the UFC who has never been finished as a professional despite facing top level competition for a few years now, is a very skilled wrestler and submission fighter who also has underrated and technically sound boxing. His biggest advantage going into this fight is his experience advantage. While he doesn’t have that many more fights than Oliveira, the level of competition he has faced is substantially higher.
I think this one favors Miller. Both guys have great ground games, but Miller’s is proven against better opponents, and Miller has better striking and wrestling. It should be a competitive fight, but Miller should do enough to take all three rounds and the judges’ decision.
Prediction: Jim Miller via Unanimous Decision.
- Bet on the Underdog Miller @+115 to hand Oliveira his first loss.