Martial arts backgroundEdit
Miller began his mixed martial arts career in 2005, when he began training at 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu with his brother Jim Miller. He entered into the sport with a background in wrestling, which he had competed in from his childhood through high school, when he attended Sparta High School in Sparta, New Jersey.
On January 15, 2010, Miller received his BJJ black belt under Renzo Gracie black belt Jamie Cruz.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
Miller had his first professional fight November 19, 2005 against Tenyeh Dixon at Reality Fighting 10, and was victorious by Triangle Choke in the first round. Miller followed the Dixon fight with a victory over Jay Coleman at Reality Fighting 11 by Armbar, setting up a #1 contender match against Mike Massenzio. As the main event at Reality Fighting 12, Massenzio and Miller fought to a close decision, with Miller's submission attempts earning the victory on one judge's card, and Massenzio's strong takedowns earning the victory on two cards, and the fight.
Miller's next fight came at the Cage Fury Fighting Championships where he took on Dave Perez. Miller landed a strong upkick from his back early before controlling the rest of the fight. Perez failed to answer the bell for round 2, and Miller's victory earned him a title shot at CFFC II. Miller fought Lance Everson at CFFC II for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships Middleweight Title. The fight was highlighted by a powerful slam by Miller which led to a Rear Naked Choke which earned Miller the first round victory and the title.
Following CFFC II, Planet Jiu Jitsu closed down. Miller began training at American Martial Arts in Whippany, New Jersey with his brother Jim in January, 2007.
Miller defended his title April 13, 2007 against Rhino Fight Team's Jose Rodriguez in his first fight with AMA Fight Club. Miller's brother Jim also fought on the card, the first time the brothers had fought together since Reality Fighting 12, and both were victorious. Using his strong wrestling and Jiu Jitsu skills, Miller took Rodriguez to the ground on multiple occasions, and dealt damage from on top. Though Miller attained the mount twice, and had an attempted Armbar in the third round, Rodriguez proved to be tough, and the fight went to the judges where Miller was granted the unanimous 30–27 victory.
Miller made his IFL debut when he fought for Renzo Gracie's New York Pitbulls in the 2007 IFL Semifinals in East Rutherford, New Jersey, filling in for the injured Fabio Leopaldo. Miller fought the Tokyo Sabres' Dave Phillips in the first fight between the teams. After a quick slam by Miller, Phillips established guard and attempted an armbar. Miller slammed out, and in the scramble secured Phillips' neck in a Standing Guillotine Choke. IFL Commentator Bas Rutten called the choke, which rendered Phillips unconscious, "the tightest guillotine [he'd] ever seen," and Miller earned Submission-of-the-Night honors for it.
He recently defeated Ryan McGivern by kneebar to win the IFL middleweight championship. He currently holds middleweight titles in both the IFL and Cage Fury Fighting Championships. He was the final middleweight champion in the IFL. On July 23, 2008, it was announced that the UFC had signed both Dan Miller and his brother Jim each to four fight contracts. Miller was successful in his UFC debut against Rob Kimmons at UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer, winning via rear naked choke.
Miller returned to the Octagon and won a unanimous decision against Matt Horwich at UFC 90 on October 25 2008. He had another win by submission (guillotine choke) against Jake Rosholt at UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens on February 7 2009.
Originally, Miller was scheduled to fight again at UFC 98 against Yushin Okami, but Okami sustained an injury and was replaced by Chael Sonnen. He lost via unanimous decision as Sonnen took him down at will and ground and pounded for three rounds en route to a victory. He was scheduled to fight C.B. Dollaway on September 16, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 19, but got an infection and had to withdraw.
Miller is married.
Mixed martial arts record Edit
|Professional record breakdown|
|18||11 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||Demian Maia||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 109: Relentless||February 6, 2010||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Loss||Chael Sonnen||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida||May 23, 2009||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, US|
|Win||Jake Rosholt||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens||February 7, 2009||1||1:03||Tampa, Florida, US|
|Win||Matt Horwich||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote||October 25, 2008||3||5:00||Rosemont, Illinois, US|
|Win||Rob Kimmons||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Neer||September 17, 2008||1||1:27||Omaha, Nebraska, US|
|Win||Ryan McGivern||Submission (Kneebar)||IFL: Connecticut||May 16, 2008||1||3:36||Uncasville, Connecticut, US||Won Middleweight Title|
|NC||Mike Geurin||No Contest||Ring of Combat 18||March 7, 2008||1||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||John Howard||Decision (Unanimous)||Ring of Combat 17||November 30, 2007||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||Dave Phillips||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||IFL: 2007 Semifinals||August 2, 2007||1||1:30||East Rutherford, New Jersey, US|
|Win||Jose Rodriguez||Decision (Unanimous)||Cage Fury Fighting Championships 4||April 13, 2007||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Defended Middleweight Title|
|Win||Lance Everson||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Cage Fury Fighting Championships 2||October 6, 2006||1||2:26||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US||Won Middleweight Title|
|Win||Dave Perez||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||Cage Fury Fighting Championships 1||June 30, 2006||1||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Loss||Mike Massenzio||Decision (Split)||Reality Fighting 12||April 29, 2006||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||Jay Coleman||Submission (Armbar)||Reality Fighting 11||February 11, 2006||1||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
|Win||Tenyeh Dixon||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Reality Fighting 10||November 19, 2005||1||2:20||Atlantic City, New Jersey, US|
- ↑ UFC Middleweight Dan Miller Awarded BJJ Black Belt. BJJGrappler.com (2010-01-15).
- ↑ Statistics for Mixed Martial Arts Fighters
- ↑ UFC signs IFL champ Dan Miller and brother Jim Miller | MMAjunkie.com
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- ↑ Middleweights Demian Maia and Dan Miller targeted for UFC 108 contest in January. mmajunkie.com (2009-10-16). Archived from the original on 2012-07-12.
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- ↑ Millers Sweep to Begin Wedding Weekend