In a UFC Middleweight division overshadowed by the dominance of Anderson Silva, there are many impressive fighters not receiving their dues. Perceived as a division that is not relatively “deep” in talent, there are actually many on the verge of becoming legitimate contenders. One of these fighters is Dan Miller.

After winning the IFL Middleweight belt in 2008, Miller’s recent UFC success should be of no surprise. Leading up to his UFC 98 bout with the recently successful Chael Sonnen, Miller was on a 3 fight tear, looking to make waves in the division.

He then suffered a dominating decision loss to Sonnen, a loss that surprised many of his followers. With decent striking, and impressive wrestling and Jui Jitsu, he was widely expected to fare far better than he did. Thankfully, he has no problem offering some insight into his disappointing performance.

“Chael fought a great fight and I congratulate him on his victory. I was going through some personal issues leading up to that fight that really effected my sleep and concentration.”

Looking to bounce back, Miller was scheduled to fight C.B. Dollaway just 4 months later, but had to withdraw from the bout due to an infection. But according to Miller, that’s in the past, and will no longer be an issue. “I am 100 percent healed, feeling great and ready to go!”

So now, with the injuries and personal issues in the past, Miller is poised for another run at contention. With his next fight scheduled against Demian Maia at UFC 109, we will quickly find out where he is positioned in the division.

As for his fight plan? “I go into each and every fight prepared for anywhere the fight may go‚ĶDemian is a monster on the ground, so that is not the first place I would like to take the fight.”

We would like to wish Miller the best of luck, in what should be a very entertaining fight.