Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo is 13th addition to UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

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After putting out a call for an opponent – at lightweight or welterweight – Jim Miller will remain at 155 pounds.

Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) is scheduled to fight fellow lightweight Francisco Trinaldo (21-5 MMA, 11-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119. UFC officials recently added the bout to the fight card, which now boasts 13 matchups.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

During his nine years with the UFC, Miller has earned nine UFC fight-night bonuses, including six “Fight of the Night” bonus checks. However, he’s currently coming off a majority-decision loss to Dustin Poirier (in a “Fight of the Night”) and a unanimous-decision defeat to former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.

He now takes on Trinaldo, who looks to bounce back after a lengthy winning streak was recently snapped. The 39-year-old Brazilian vet and former Jungle Fight champion, who debuted with the UFC in 2012, had won seven consecutive fights, which included knockout wins over Chad Laprise and Paul Felder. However, he suffered a recent submission defeat to contender Kevin Lee in March.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Christian Colombo vs. TBA
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin
  • Niko Price vs. Luan Chagas
  • Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC bonus machine Jim Miller just wants someone – 155er or 170er – to bleed with him

Dann StuppWho wants to shed some blood with UFC veteran and bonus machine Jim Miller?

Miller, a veteran UFC lightweight, has earned nine UFC fight-night bonuses, which ranks eighth in company history. Yet the 34-year-old, who’s helped six opponents claim “Fight of the Night” bonus checks (in addition to his three “Submission of the Night” awards), can’t seem to find an opponent.

So today, Miller put out a call – to both lightweights and welterweights (via Twitter):

As he tweeted with the video, “Never thought I’d have to beg someone to bleed with me.”

Miller, who’s been with the UFC for nearly nine years, is coming off a majority-decision loss to Dustin Poirier (a “Fight of the Night,” natch) and a unanimous-decision defeat to former champ Anthony Pettis.

So, who’s going to step up and fight Miller in October or November? Miller isn’t picky – aside from the fact the New Jersey native doesn’t want to fight at UFC 217 in New York City “because I can’t stand New York.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Twitter Mailbag: Is McGregor getting to Mayweather, or does calling him 'boy' go too far?

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Is Floyd Mayweather losing the press tour portion of his fight with Conor McGregor? Did McGregor cross a line by calling Mayweather “boy”? What, if anything, should the journalists association do about Ariel Helwani’s removal from the Showtime team?

All that and much more, including some insight on fighter pay from Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, in this week’s Twitter Mailbag. To ask a question of your own, tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

You know what press conferences tell you? They tell you who is better at doing press conferences. And clearly, that would be Conor McGregor. He’s a more energetic and charismatic figure on stage than Floyd Mayweather is, and it’s not even close. He’s also just generally easier to like, seeing as how he does not have a history of assaulting women.

Mayweather doesn’t excel at firing up a crowd the way McGregor does, except for when he’s inviting them to hate him. But he was right about one thing he said at Wednesday’s press conference in Toronto: The fans, as enthusiastic as they are, can’t fight for McGregor.

There is no part of me that believes Mayweather is the least bit worried about McGregor’s boxing skills. Mayweather has been at this since childhood. He’s seen just about everything there is to be seen inside a boxing ring. McGregor has never even been there as a professional.

It’s possible that Mayweather could get too confident and take it too easy in either preparation or execution. It’s possible that McGregor could land one magic punch.

But I’m reminded of what Larry Holmes said about Eric “Butterbean” Esch before their fight, as documented in the excellent story “Champion at Twilight” by Carlo Rotella. After briefly trying to sell the fight as a competitive affair, Holmes gave up and admitted the truth, which was that he didn’t see anyway Butterbean could hurt him.

“Maybe he lands a lucky punch, but I don’t believe in luck,” Holmes said. “Not that kind.”

Yeah, so, in case you didn’t hear, in two consecutive press conferences McGregor referred to Mayweather as “boy.” The first time he did it, encouraging a shadowboxing Mayweather to “dance for me, boy,” he seemed to immediately realize his error, at which point he switched to “dance for me, son.” Then at the following day’s press conference he went right back to “boy,” forcing me to do the Britney Spears cringe face.

If he’d said the same thing to Khabib Nurmagomedov, it wouldn’t be worth mentioning. But since he said it to a black fighter in a country where “boy” was historically used by white men in order to demean black men, it understandably set off some alarms.

You could make the case, and many have, that McGregor should get a pass on this one since he comes from a different country and culture where terms like this don’t have the same historical resonance. I can buy that to some extent. You can’t grow up in the U.S. and not know that a white man calling a black man “boy” carries some serious baggage. But could you grow up in Ireland and genuinely not know it? Sure, probably.

Still, at some point you’d think someone would whisper a history lesson in his ear. He’s working in the rare field in which he can call his colleague all sorts of derogatory names at considerable volume in the most public of settings, and he’ll be rewarded instead of punished. The list of words he’ll actually get in trouble for using is pretty short. It wouldn’t be so hard to steer clear of this one, and it would even make sense. (One of McGregor’s other talking points is how old Mayweather is; you can’t call a man 12 years your senior a boy.)

I don’t think McGregor is racist. I think he’s doing his best to be inflammatory, as he has with all his pre-fight talk, and that’s one of the main reasons he’s on that stage with Mayweather, getting ready to cash a huge check. But when these questionable moments start to pile up, soon even comments like this one, where he refers to “dancing monkeys” in the gym during “Rocky III,” begin to catch people’s attention.

Do I think he meant that as racist? No, I heard it and thought he actually meant the earlier scene, not the one where Apollo takes Rocky to the gym full of black fighters, but the one where Rocky’s so famous his training camp has become a media circus (and Mickey haaates it). Warning: I don’t remember it all that well, because who watches “Rocky III” except for the Mr. T parts, but you could almost convince me that there were literal dancing monkeys in that first gym. Hell, in the next movie Rocky’s brother-in-law sexualizes a robot that was given to him as a gift from his family. Dancing monkeys would not be unthinkable for the Rocky franchise.

Still, wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to wonder what he meant by that? Or if we didn’t have to give ammunition to the “MMA is all racist skinheads” crowd? McGregor is MMA’s representative in what’s likely to be the most-watched pay-per-view fight of all time. It’d be great if we didn’t have to defend him before the fight even starts.

It’s a tough call for a few reasons. For one, the MMAJA is still in the process of adding members, so any action right now would have to come from those of us on the interim board, which is only six people. Speaking up or taking action would mean speaking on behalf of newly confirmed members, who had no say in the decision because they just joined this week. That doesn’t seem fair.

Also, while I think it’s extremely petty (and yet soooooo in character) on Dana White’s part if indeed he did pressure Showtime into yanking a job opportunity away from Ariel Helwani, it’s still an employment issue – not an access issue. If White had banned Helwani from attending this press tour, that would be different. But he didn’t. Helwani is there at every stop, doing his job as a journalist for the same outlet he’s more or less always worked for.

Does that make it a cool move on the part of White or on the part of Showtime, which just let itself be dragged into a nonsensical grudge by caving to the demands of one of the least essential parties to this fight? No it does not. But the MMAJA is and should be focused on creating and maintaining an environment where media members can effectively do their jobs. All week at this traveling circus, Helwani has been doing his.

People are putting too much emphasis on two key things here: The fact that Amanda Nunes withdrew the day of the fight, and that she was “cleared” by a doctor.

It’s relatively easy to know when you should withdraw from a fight with a broken hand, and it’s the minute you see the X-ray. The rate at which your bones heal is fairly predictable. But if you’re sick, especially with an illness you’ve struggled with before, how do you know you won’t feel better tomorrow? Or at least better enough to fight? Maybe Nunes held onto that hope for too long, but if so I’m inclined to believe that it was because she really wanted to fight.

As for being cleared, according to Nunes and her camp that consisted of a doctor checking her blood and her hydration levels. People who’ve dealt with sinusitis say it sometimes takes weeks and multiple doctors to even get a correct diagnosis, so maybe it’s not the easiest thing to identify. Even then, it’s not like there’s some magic test doctors can perform to determine physical fight readiness. At best, all they can do is tell you when you absolutely shouldn’t compete. Even then people get cleared with broken bones and torn ligaments and facial lacerations that were very recently glued shut.

Could Nunes have fought sick? Probably. Would it have harmed her chances of winning? Almost certainly. By pulling out the day of the fight, she made some people mad at her. But how many of those people would have cared about her if she’d gone through with it and taken a career- and/or life-changing beating while she was already sick?

People want to compare it to other jobs, or even other pro sports. If a quarterback has the flu and still plays in the big game, for one thing, everybody knows and talks about it in advance. It’s also a shared decision with shared responsibility. He plays poorly? Hey, maybe the coach should have gone with the backup. And why didn’t the front office sign a better backup?

In fighting, you’re all alone. No one wants to hear your excuses afterward. And one fight can be the difference in hundreds of thousands of dollars in future earnings. So I don’t blame a fighter who looks out for herself. Who else in this sport will do it for her?

Preach, brother. When I hear that Justin Gaethje is targeted as a coach on an upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” all I hear is that I’ve got no chance of seeing him do the one thing I want to watch him do for at least a few months.

Even then, coaches on “TUF” don’t have the best track record of actually making it to the promised fight at the end. (Just ask last season’s coaches, Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, who were supposed to fight last weekend and didn’t.)

I’m sure that, especially with his fighting style, Gaethje could probably use a break to rest and recover. But I’m not particularly interested in watching the process unfold on reality TV.

According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the fighters on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series” (note that it’s not the UFC, but DWTNCS LLC that’s the promoter of record) all got $5,000 to show and $5,000 to win.

That’s half the entry-level pay for many UFC fighters, but it’s still pretty competitive for what most of these fighters would make in smaller shows. As far as why they do it, obviously they’re hoping it will vault them into the UFC, and maybe even with a little extra push after we watched them cave in someone else’s nose at the job interview.

Competition between fight promotions is a good thing for fighters and fans. It leads to better products from both Bellator and the UFC, since they’re forced to up their game in the race against one another. It leads to better pay and treatment for fighters, as both fight promoters try to sign the fighters they want and keep the ones they already have. The only people it’s not good for are the executives who would rather make more for giving us less.

What’s different about the Gegard Mousasi signing is that it’s a fighter on the upswing leaving the UFC for what he perceives as a better deal with better treatment in Bellator. If that pays off – if two years from now you hear Mousasi raving about his Bellator life rather than ruefully regretting this decision – that will have an impact on other fighters.

The other piece of the puzzle is that at some point Bellator will reach a certain critical mass of fighters who matter. You get one or two big names, so what? Big fights require two big fighters. A few free agent signings mean nothing if you don’t have anyone worthwhile to match them up against.

But Bellator is gradually beefing up some of its key divisions now, and with fighters who can and will fight in multiple weight classes. That means matchups worth making and fights worth seeing. If the money’s right and the treatment is better, don’t be surprised if more fighters decide they might like to join that party.

Good question. Again, it depends what kind of hall of fame the UFC wants to have (and that decision is entirely left to the UFC at this point). As my podcast co-host Chad Dundas likes to frame it, it’s a question of whether you want to have an all-time greats hall of fame or just an awesome dudes (and dudettes) hall of fame.

If it’s the second one, then yes, Jim Miller gets in. He’s been an exciting, reliable workhorse for the UFC, and he’s had tons of memorable battles over many, many years.

But if this is just for the all-time greats? Sorry, but I don’t think so. Miller’s never held a UFC title or even challenged for one. The only other current UFC HOF member with a similar deal is Stephan Bonnar, and clearly he’s there just for one important fight. But who knows, maybe there’s still time for Miller to make his case on those grounds.

Ben Fowlkes is MMAjunkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMAjunkie.

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UFC 213 video highlights: Anthony Pettis vs. Jim Miller

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With a mix of unconventional kicking techniques and a solid ground game, Anthony Pettis had a little too much of everything for Jim Miller to handle.

Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) outpointed Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) on the feet and on the mat, snatching a unanimous decision victory with a clean sweep on the scorecards, nabbing 30-27 marks from all three judges.

The lightweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the highlights above.

Also see:

For complete coverage UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Twitter reacts to Anthony Pettis' blood-soaked victory over Jim Miller at UFC 213

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Former UFC champ Anthony Pettis earned a crucial victory for his career on Saturday when he returned to the win column against Jim Miller at UFC 213.

Pettis’ (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) return to the UFC lightweight division after a failed stint at featherweight went according to plan when he picked up a unanimous decision win over Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) in the pay-per-view bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Check below for the top Twitter reactions to Pettis’ victory over Miller at UFC 213.

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UFC 213 results: Ex-champ Anthony Pettis looks back to form, outstrikes Jim Miller

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With a mix of unconventional kicking techniques and a solid ground game, Anthony Pettis had a little too much of everything for Jim Miller to handle.

Pettis (20-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) outpointed Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) on the feet and on the mat, snatching a unanimous decision victory with a clean sweep on the scorecards, nabbing 30-27 marks from all three judges.

The lightweight bout opened up the main card of today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

After a fairly close first round, Pettis did the most significant damage of the fight early in the second when a right high kick opened a significant cut over Miller’s left eye. Even as it split him open, however, Miller used the kick to nab a takedown, which soon succeeded in covering both fighters in Miller’s blood.

It didn’t take long before Pettis turned the tables, getting back to his feet and scoring a couple takedowns of his own, one of which helped him secure side control on Miller and batter him with strikes on the mat.

Pettis continued to turn up the pressure in the final round, using his kicks to attack from distance and using his wrestling skills to shut down Miller’s takedown attempts. By the final minute, both men traded some creative kicks from all angles, going back and forth as the fight went to the final horn.

When the judges had their say, all three scored every round for Pettis, who credited his return to the lightweight division for his overall return to form.

“It feels amazing to be back at lightweight,” Pettis said. “I think the fans enjoyed that fight and we both gave it our all. I was looking for the finish the whole time. I even landed a couple of head kicks clean, but Jim Miller is as tough as it gets and he just kept coming. I really feel better than ever and I tried to keep it interesting out there. I’ve been working hard on my wrestling defense and I got to show that off along with my striking tonight.

“It was a fun fight and now I’m just looking forward to getting back out there. I’ll tell you what’s next for me: three-time world champ.”

Pettis’ win is his first since a TKO loss to Max Holloway in 2016, giving him his first win at lightweight in more than two years. Miller has now lost two straight.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 213 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s John Morgan and Steven Marroco contributed to this report on site in Las Vegas.)

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UFC 213 salaries: Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker each get flat $350,000 purse

LAS VEGAS – Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker each will make $350,000 for their UFC interim middleweight title fight at UFC 213, per disclosed purses released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

MMAjunkie today requested and received the show and win purses for the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is regulated by the NSAC.

Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) are not scheduled to receive a win bonus, indicating they are likely to receive a cut of pay-per-view profits for the interim title bout.

The top disclosed purse for the event belongs to onetime heavyweight title challenger Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who will receive a flat $800,000 for his trilogy bout with Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC). The Brazilian ex-champ will receive $275,000 to show and $125,000 to win.

UFC 213 was set to be headlined by a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC). But Nunes pulled herself from the fight due to illness just hours before the fight bout was set to begin. Nunes was set to make $105,000 to show and another $105,000 if she successfully defended her belt. Shevchenko was scheduled to get a flat $100,000 payday, win or lose. It is not yet known if either fighter will receive their show money.

The potential disclosed purses for the UFC 213 main card fights include:

  • Yoel Romero: $350,000 (no win bonus)
    vs. Robert Whittaker: $350,000 (no win bonus)
  • Alistair Overeem: $800,000 (no win bonus)
    vs. Fabricio Werdum: $400,000 ($125,000 win bonus)
  • Daniel Omielanczuk: $60,000 ($30,000 win bonus)
    vs. Curtis Blaydes: $38,000 ($19,000 win bonus)
  • Anthony Pettis: $180,000 ($90,000 win bonus)
    vs. Jim Miller: $142,000 ($71,000 win bonus)
  • Rob Font: $39,000 ($19,500 win bonus)
    vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus)

Now, the usual disclaimer: The figures do not include deductions for items such as insurance, licenses and taxes. Additionally, the figures do not include money paid by sponsors, including the official UFC Athlete Outfitting sponsorship program pay. They also do not include any other “locker room” or special discretionary bonuses the UFC oftentimes pays. They also do not include pay-per-view cuts that some top-level fighters receive.

In other words, the above figures are simply base salaries reported to the commission and do not reflect entire compensation packages for the event.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC 213 in Las Vegas

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 213 event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC 213 staff picks we release on Thursday ahead of the event. UFC 213 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Records: Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Nunes 5-0, Shevchenko 4-1
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Nunes No. 1, Shevchenko No. 2
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Nunes -115, Shevchenko -115

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Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker

Records: Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC)
Past five: Romero 5-0, Whittaker 5-0
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Romero No. 2, Whittaker No. 4
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Whittaker -135, Romero +105

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk

Records: Curtis Blaydes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC)
Past five: Blaydes 4-1, Omielanczuk 3-2
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Blaydes -650, Omielanczuk +500

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Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum

Records: Alistair Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC), Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC)
Past five: Overeem 4-1, Werdum 4-1
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Werdum No. 2, Overeem No. 4
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Overeem -135, Werdum +105

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Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis

Records: Jim Miller (28-9 MMA, 17-8 UFC), Anthony Pettis (19-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC)
Past five: Miller 3-2, Pettis 1-4
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 7/3/17): Pettis -225, Miller +175

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As he looks to snap his skid, what did Anthony Pettis see in Jim Miller?

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Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is currently mired in the worst slump of his professional career, with just one win in his five outings. So why did specifically request to fight Jim Miller?

“All fighters go through this at some point in their career,” UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby said on the latest addition of the UFC’s “Watch List” series. “I think (Pettis) came to a patch where he was experimenting, going down to ’45. I think he found out that the weight cut was diminishing returns for him. He’s back up at ’55, and he’s the one who really wanted this fight. He called me and was really pushing for it.”

Miller, of course, happily accepted the challenge.

“You know Jim Miller,” Shelby said. “I mean, Jim Miller doesn’t give an ‘F.’ He’s a guy that will fight anybody, any day of the week. You don’t even have to call him, and he’ll show up, and he was down for this fight – and on paper, it’s a really fun fight.”

Pettis (19-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Miller (28-9 MMA, 17-8 UFC) meet in a lightweight contest on the pay-per-view main card of next week’s UFC 213 event, which takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Nine years into his UFC run, Miller is coming off of a hard-fought loss to Dustin Poirier at February’s UFC 208, a result that snapped a three-fight winning streak for the New Jersey native.

But the stakes seem much higher for Pettis, who is still just 30 but seems in dire need of proving he can still be the “Showtime” of old.

Shelby believes the two styles should come together for a memorable contest.

“Miller is always in epic battles, and Pettis, I still think he’s in the prime of his career,” Shelby said. “I think he’s still go it. I think he just needs to find himself again.”

To hear more from Shelby and fellow UFC matchmaker Mick Maynard on the key fights at UFC 213, check out the video above.

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