by Adam Martin
A battle of surging lightweights has been added to UFC 159.
According to the UFC’s official Twitter account, Jim Miller will meet Strikeforce import Pat Healy at UFC 159, which takes April 27 in Newark, New Jersey.
It’s the fourth bout added to the card, which also features UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen, Roy Nelson vs. Cheick Kongo, and Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes.
Miller (22-4) is one of the top lightweight fighters in the world and is coming off a huge “Fight of the Night” victory over Joe Lauzon at UFC 155. In his career, Miller holds notable victories over Melvin Guillard, Mark Bocek, Gleison Tibau, Matt Wiman, Mac Danzig, Duane “Bang” Ludwig, Bart Palaszewksi, but his biggest problem has been losing in title eliminator fights, as he was defeated by Nate Diaz and Benson Henderson in the last year in fights in which he would have been granted a UFC title shot. With a win over Healy, though, he’ll be right back in the title mix once again.
Healy (29-16) is coming over from Strikeforce for this fight. He went 7-1 in Strikeforce overall, and he’s 8-1 since dropping to the lightweight division permanently. Healy’s one of the top grinders in the sport today, and one of the most underrated lightweights out there. The brother of fellow fighter Ryan Healy, Pat holds career victories over Paul Daley, Dan Hardy, Carlos Condit, Ryan Ford, Mizuto Hirota, Caros Fodor, and Maximo Blanco, and if he gets by Miller, there’s no doubt he’ll enter the top 10 of the UFC lightweight division.
UFC 159 continues to take shape and if it continues to add big fights like the ones that were added today, it’ll be one of the most anticipated events of the year.
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