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UFC 208: Resurgent Jim Miller still tick’d, but no longer a stupid old man

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight veteran Jim Miller returns to action against Dustin Poirier at the UFC 208: “Holm vs. Da Randamie” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, taking place this Saturday night (Feb. 11, 2017) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

More on how that fight came together here.

The New Jersey native suffered an abysmal stretch in his combat sports career from 2014-16, running up four losses in five fights and looking like a shell of his former self. Playing host to a stubborn ectoparasite can do that to a fellow.

Miller, still suffering from the effects of Lyme disease, opens up during the UFC 208 media day (via MMA Fighting):

“Man, 2015 was not easy. It was the little things when you think about it. It was not so much the fights. It was just doing my daily things with my family and with the gym, it was just really difficult. And it wasn’t so much just the physical side of it. Yeah it was hard to get out of bed, it was hard to move, every time I stood up it hurt. I was like an old man, going up and down the stairs sideways. It was stupid. But mentally it was difficult to deal with. I’m just happy that I kind of got it figured out. I’m not out of the woods yet with the Lyme.”

At least it’s not Meniere’s disease.

Miller was able to get himself back into fighting shape — and return to form — with consecutive wins over UFC veterans Takanori Gomi, Joe Lauzon, and Thiago Alves, though it wasn’t enough to get him a spot in the top 15.

Beating No. 9 ranked Poirier is sure to do the trick.

Source:: mma mania