Marcus Dennis Miller (born November 22, 1978 in Midlothian, Illinois) is a American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He has won MMA welterweight titles with XFO and Total Fight Challenge as well as the USKO international rules kickboxing title. A former IFL fighter, Miller was a competitor on SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom.
Miller was born and raised in Midlothian, Illinois; while growing up he attended Bremen High School. At Bremen, Miller competed in sports such as football, track and field. Shortly after graduating from high school, Miller enrolled in the Marines where he spent the next three and half years. After leaving the Marines, Miller worked construction before competing in MMA full time.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
While enlisted in the marines, Miller began training mixed martial arts at Camp Pendleton. Miller fought in a number of local and regional fights before joining International Fight League (IFL) in 2007. Following a 54 second knockout win against UFC veteran Josh Neer, Miller earned a title shot against Jay Hieron. Hieron defeated Miller for the IFL Welterweight championship on April 4, 2008.
Miller was a contestant on the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. He got on the show after defeating his full-time training partner and good friend Kevin Knabjian. In his second fight, he took on Nick Osipczak. He was defeated in the second round via knockout from a head kick, thus knocking him out of the tournament.
Miller was going to make his debut for Strikeforce at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers, but the fight was canceled due to time issues. Strikeforce said they will move the bout to a later card. After the cancellation of the fight, Miller contemplated retirement.
Mark has a daughter.
Mixed Martial Arts RecordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|21||9 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||LeVon Maynard||KO (Punches)||XFO 34: Ray vs. Straus||January 23, 2010||1||4:14||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Loss||Jeremy Lang||TKO (Punches)||Raw Power MMA||December 10, 2009||2||2:30||Sanabis, Bahrain|
|Loss||Mike Pierce||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||SportFight 24: Domination||September 19, 2008||2||1:38||Portland, Oregon, USA|
|Loss||Jay Hieron||TKO (Punches)||IFL: New Jersey||April 4, 2008||1||2:10||East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA|
|Win||Josh Neer||KO (Punch)||IFL: Chicago||May 19, 2007||1||0:54||Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Win||Brad Blackburn||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL: Moline||April 7, 2007||3||4:00||Moline, Illinois, USA|
|Loss||Delson Heleno||Decision (Unanimous)||IFL: Atlanta||February 23, 2007||3||4:00||Atlanta, Georgia, USA|
|Loss||David Hagan||TKO||Kentucky Fighting Challenge 17||November 25, 2006||N/A||N/A||Lexington, Kentucky, USA|
|Win||Amir Khillah||Submission (Armbar)||Total Fight Challenge 6||September 9, 2006||1||0:41||Hammond, Indiana, USA|
|Win||Jon Friedland||TKO (Punches)||XFO 12: Outdoor War||August 19, 2006||1||4:47||Island Lake, Illinois, USA|
|Win||John Shoemaker||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||WFC 29: Friday Night Fights||July 28, 2006||1||1:20||Somerset, Kentucky, USA|
|Win||Reiner Hernandez||Submission (Strikes)||Costa Rica Fights 6||May 20, 2006||1||3:33||Costa Rica|
|Loss||Francisco Soares||Decision (Unanimous)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 17||January 8, 2005||2||5:00||Racine, Wisconsin, USA|
|Win||Tavaris Hunter||KO||Xtreme Fighting Organization 3||October 2, 2004||2||0:19||McHenry, Illinois, USA|
|Win||Alex Gasson||Decision||Total Martial Arts Challenge||June 7, 2003||2||5:00||Cicero, Illinois, USA|
|Win||Ahron Davis||Submission (Armbar)||RSF 7: Animal Instinct||January 26, 2002||1||N/A||Lakeland, Florida, USA|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Mark Miller Unbroadcasted Interview. Chicago's MMA (March 11, 2009). Retrieved on April 22, 2009.
- ↑ Mark Miller. UFC.com. Retrieved on April 22, 2009.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Patrick, Darrick (May 27, 2008). 10 Questions With Mark Miller. Retrieved on April 22, 2009.
- ↑ Muay Thai & MMA Instructor. Extreme Kungfu Wushu Training Center. Retrieved on April 22, 2009.
- ↑ IFL vet Mark Miller picked for 'The Ultimate Fighter 9'. MMAFighting.com (February 21, 2009). Retrieved on May 30, 2009.
- ↑ 'Fedor vs. Rogers' Results and Live Play-by-Play. Sherdog (November 7, 2009). Retrieved on 2009-11-07.
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/20091111170725/www.mmaweekly.com/absolutenm/templates/dailynews.asp?articleid=9957&zoneid=13