Micah Miller Interview

Micah Miller is a rising star in the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion, coming off a big win over Chance Farrar; Frank Curreri of WEC.TV got an interview with Miller (11-1), in which he spoke about his upcoming bout with Josh Grispi – scheduled to take place on August 3.  Below are some excerpts:

Q: Where does your brother Cole’s nickname, “Magrino” come from and what does it mean?

A: The Brazilians here at American Top Team gave it to him. It means ‘skinny’ in Portuguese. We’re both pretty tall and skinny for our weight class … I’m not your everyday fighter. I’m long, tall and skinny and have an awkward style that a lot of people don’t see everyday. That’s why I think the fans I do have like me.

Q: You last fought in February and registered an impressive knockout win over Chance Farrar. Is there any part of your game that you’ve worked on more than others in preparation for this fight with Josh Grispi?

A: For this fight I really have just worked on everything. This fight has the potential to go anywhere. Both of us have the ability to take each other down. I’ve never fought a guy like this. It’s funny with the matchup, it’s interesting. It’s kind of like fighting a mirror image almost. But I like the matchup. He’s coming off a really big win and I did too, so it makes sense. And it’s kind of convenient because I have a really tall training partner that I train with all the time in my brother, Cole. When you fight a tall guy you really need a tall guy to train with.”

Q: What are your impressions of Josh Grispi as a fighter?

A: I don’t have too much to go on. I just know he’s my height and build and everything. I haven’t seen any of his fights before the WEC fight. I’ve heard he’s more of a ground guy. But I was impressed with him against Hominick, he had a really smart game plan, that’s how I would have fought Hominick. The way Grispi fought standing, I don’t think that’s how he usually fights. I think he knew that Hominick was the superior kickboxer and striker, so he couldn’t go out thee and strike with him. So you go out there and use a variety of different strikes that come out of nowhere and have no set rhythm to try and mess up Hominick’s rhythm. Then you mix in takedowns with that kind of unpredictable strategy. That’s what he did against Hominick, so it looks like he’s a smart fighter.”

Q: Your brother Cole is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu at American Top Team. What belt do you hold?

A: I’m a blue belt right now.

For the rest of this interview, click here.

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