Jim Miller vs Erick Gonzalez Odds, Preview and Prediction, October 16 (10/16): UFC

Jim Miller vs Erick Gonzalez Odds, Preview and Prediction, October 16 (10/16): UFC

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  • Oct 14, 2021, 3:06:11 PM
Credit: photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Time (Main Card) 7:00 p.m. EST
Jim Miller money line -220
Erick Gonzalez money line +180


Key stats
  Jim Miller Erick Gonzalez
Height 5'8 5'11
Weight 155 155
Reach 71' 74'
Record 32-16 14-5
Streak L2 W2
Last 5 2-3 4-1




We have ourselves a historical fight in the Lightweight division, as Jim ‘A-10’ Miller takes on UFC debutant Erick ‘The Ghost Pepper’ Gonzalez. I say historical because when Miller makes the walk, it will be a record setting thirty eights times with the promotion. While Miller may soak in the record, he will rather do so by ending this two-fight skid he enters this fight with. Meanwhile, Gonzalez comes into this fight on a two-fight winning streak, as well as a winner of four of his last five. The UFC debutant may have a tough task in front of him, but it’s also an opportunity to open some eyes.


This fight will either go two ways. One, Erick Gonzalez will shutdown Jim Miller’s wrestling and grappling, and will outpoint the veteran over fifteen minutes. Two, Miller will exploit Gonzalez’s iffy grappling abilities and either control the UFC debutant or lock in his nineteenth submission victory. While I can see either scenario play out, I’m more keen on the latter. In forty nine professional fights, thirty seven of which come in the octagon, Miller has seen it all. Gonzalez literally doesn’t present a skill set that Miller hasn’t yet fought. However, Miller is long in the tooth and cardio, as well as durability issues don’t exactly improve as you age.

As for a prediction, I’m going with the veteran Miller. From the tape I’ve seen on Gonzalez, he is a pressure fighter who prefers to strike. The problem that I’ve seen in several of his fights though, is that pressure often leads him into grappling exchanges. At times, he has shown decent grappling abilities and other times he has been handled. In this fight, I believe he gets handled. The question though is if Gonzalez evades being submitted? I think not.

PICK: Jim Miller (-220)


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