Nate Diaz and Jim Miller headline Saturday’s UFC on Fox 3in East Rutherford, N.J., but first, they and the rest of the UFC on Fox 3 fighters stepped on the scale on Friday afternoon to make their bouts official according to the New Jersey Athletic Control Board.
UFC president Dana White has pegged Diaz for a title shot with a victory over Miller, while Miller finds himself standing a rung or two below his foe on the lightweight ladder.
“If Diaz wins, he gets a title shot; if Miller wins, he is probably still a fight or two away,” said White at Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference.
Neither Diaz nor Miller had any trouble making weight. Both tipped the scale at the 156-pound limit for a lightweight non-title tilt.
“This is a huge fight. You’ve got two of the baddest men on the planet getting locked inside of a cage,” said Miller after stepping off the scale, showing the utmost respect for Diaz. “Wherever this fight goes, however it goes, you guys are in for a treat.”
Diaz returned the respect, saying, “He’s tough. He’s a very good opponent. I train hard with the best team in the world at Caesar Gracie. I’m here to represent my team in California.”