October 15, 2021 12:07 PM
Ewan Lavender

MMA Preview – Jim Miller vs Erick Gonzalez at UFC Vegas 40

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JIM MILLER VS ERICK GONZALEZ FACTS

When is UFC Vegas 40? Saturday 16th October, 2021 -22:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Vegas 40? UFC APEX, Enterprise, Nevada (US)

Where can I get tickets for UFC Vegas 40? Click here for the latest ticket information for UFC events

What channel is UFC Vegas 40 on? BT Sport 1

Where can I stream UFC Vegas 40? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

For viewers in the United States, the event will be shown live on ESPN+ and you can sign up for access as part of a Disney Bundle here!

JIM MILLER VS ERICK GONZALEZ LOWDOWN

Jim Miller (32-16(1)) walks out for his 38th UFC fight going 21-15(1) which is very respectable considering the level of competition he has faced and across different generations. He is a true stalwart and is still churning out impressive wins although he has lost his last two. He submitted Jason Gonzalez and Clay Guida in 2019 but then lost a unanimous decision to Scott Holtzman. He then submitted Roosevelt Roberts but is now coming off two more unanimous decision losses to Vinc Pichel and Joe Solecki.

Miller was originally scheduled to welcome Nikolas Motta to the octagon a month ago, but the vet tested positive for COVID-19. Motta’s loss is Erick Gonzalez’s gain (14-5) as he now makes his debut. He is coming off two decent wins this year – a TKO over Oziel Rodriguez Lopez (Naciones MMA) and Samuel Alvarez (Lights Out Xtreme). These wins were a long time coming he last fought back in December 2019 at the Combate 53 tournament. He earnt unanimous decisions over Yoel Jimenez and Milko Tucto but ended up losing the lightweight title fight against UFC alumni Humberto Bandenay via unanimous decision.

JIM MILLER VS ERICK GONZALEZ PREDICTION

We have to back the veteran here despite the difference in form and age. Miller has lost three of his last four, but he only loses to proven UFC calibre fighters. We can easily see Gonzalez picking up his biggest win if he uses his three-inch height and reach advantage to maintain the distance and home in on the chin.

He has knockout power, but Miller has not been knocked out since 2018 when he ate Dan Hooker’s knee. So, we expect the vet to call upon all his experience and absorb Gonzalez’s offence until he seals a takedown. If he can get Gonzalez to the ground, he has the jiu-jitsu to wrap up a submission in no time.

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