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UFC 200 Fight Preview: Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi

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This is just an amazing fight to kick off the majestic UFC 200 fight card. Both of these guys are battle tested warriors and bring a ton of experience to the table. Miller has lost four of his last five fights, and Gomi comes in having lost three of four. It’s a must win situation for both fighters, and should be a barnburner.

Jim Miller has been a stalwart at Lightweight in the UFC for the better part of the last decade, having made his debut at UFC 89 in 2008. Miller went 9-1 in his first 10 UFC fights, and was considered to be the elite of the division. He’s fallen on hard times lately, and his skills have eroded over time. He needs a win here, or it could be his UFC swan song.

Takanori Gomi was tearing through Japan back in the late 90s and at one time was widely considered the best Lightweight in the world. He earned the nickname “The Fireball Kid” and absolutely blazed a trail leaving Lightweights bruised and battered in his wake. He has gone 4-6 in his UFC stint, but sadly, he didn’t get to the UFC until after his prime. I watched him live in Vegas against Nick Diaz at Pride 33 and anyone who saw that fight live, will forever be a fan of Gomi. He was submitted in the fight, but it was later overturned due to a positive drug test by Diaz.

At this point, you have to expect these two will leave it all on the line. Gomi likely attempt to keep it standing, while Jim Miller is more comfortable on the ground and will likely attempt to utilize his wrestling and clinch game to neutralize Gomi. Whoever does a better job plying their trade will likely win the fight. Jim Miller will likely be able to keep Gomi grounded and utilize that control to capture a decision victory.

Dan has been writing about the sport of MMA for the last 15+ years. During this time, he's met amazing fighters, and awesome friends sitting cage-side covering MMA. The memories and relationships are payment for his passion. Dan got his start as a featured writer for Sherdog.com and now serves as owner and co-host with Evan Shoman and Dion Harrison of The Crimson Canvas Podcast, on the Fight Booth Podcast network. Dan is also a part time contributor to FightBooth.com with pro wrestling, and MMA articles. He thanks Dave Reno for the opportunity and for years of friendship and support.

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