Jim Miller flexing biceps

UFC veteran Jim Miller (USA) has extended his record for the most UFC wins (26) after submitting Mexico’s Gabriel Benítez in the third round of their bout at UFC Vegas 84.

Miller, 40, also extended his record for the most UFC fights with his 43rd Octagon appearance.

This matchup was due to take place in February last year, but Benítez withdrew due to an injury.  

Despite being five years older than his opponent, Miller entered the cage on Saturday night as a slight betting favourite. 

The first two rounds were a closely contested kickboxing battle, but Miller was able to secure a takedown in the final round to finish Benítez with a rear naked choke.

Former UFC Heavyweight Champion, 44-year-old Andrei Arlovski, also fought at the event, taking his total number of UFC fights to 41 – second only to Miller. 

Unfortunately, Arlovski was unable to find his 24th UFC win, losing by decision to Waldo Cortes-Acosta. He remains tied with Donald Cerrone in joint-second place for the all-time wins record, three behind Miller’s total.

Miller made his UFC debut just over 15 years ago, in October 2008 at UFC 89, where he submitted David Baron with a rear naked choke.

Over the years, he’s earned 12 victories by way of submission, second only to Charles Oliveira, who holds records for the most UFC submission wins (16) and most UFC finishes (20).

Miller has fought a who’s who of elite fighters throughout his career, including Frankie Edgar, Benson Henderson, Nate Diaz, Diego Sanchez, Anthony Pettis, Dustin Poirier, Charles Oliveira twice, and many more.

Notably, he is one of only two fighters – the other being Brock Lesnar – to have fought at both UFC 100 (in 2009) and UFC 200 (in 2016). With Lesnar now retired from MMA, Miller has the chance to make history by competing at UFC 300 in three months’ time, should he be fit to fight by then.

“It’s fun because it puts a little extra pressure on me, which I do enjoy,” said Miller, speaking about the possibility.

“I’m here to fight, and I know that I’ve been around for a long time, and I’ve had the ups and downs and this and that, but man I love to fight. So knowing that I’m gonna get a quick turnaround is awesome.”

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