Prospect in the Spotlight (Nov 12-13): Mo Miller

Introduction

Sunday, November 14th, American bantamweight prospect Mo Miller will be in action for Fury FC, where he will be looking to stay undefeated against Johnny Campbell. He will be looking for another win, as Miller looks to score a contract with the UFC. He represents Strong Style Fight Team, a solid camp in MMA. Let’s take a closer look at this prospect as this week’s “Prospect Spotlight.”

Strengths

Wrestling: Mo Miller comes from a wrestling background, so it should be no shock that it’s the most important, dominant tool he has in his arsenal. Because he’s so quick and explosive, he doesn’t even really need to set up his shots. He can explode into takedowns from well out of range and still be successful in getting his opponent to the mat. Once he gets a guy down, he’s an animal on top. He holds guys to the mat and advances position well. He has effective ground-and-pound, which has led to stoppages. We haven’t seen a ton of offensive submissions from him, but it’s obvious from his grappling that he has them if needed. And of course, let’s not forget about his vicious slam knockout of Regivaldo Carvalho last year.

Physical Intangibles: Miller is a freak athlete with many intangibles that make him even more dangerous. His speed is impressive. He’s quick in and out, and as mentioned, he explodes into everything he does (that includes his aforementioned takedowns). Physically, he’s very strong, especially his core and upper body. It’s difficult for opponents to outmuscle Miller, as he’s often physically more dominant.

Needs Improvement

Technical Striking: Miller is definitely not a bad striker, but there are some technical parts of his game that he could definitely tighten up. His in-and-out movement is very good, but his lateral movement could use a little more work. He can get caught with his head on a line, which means he can be hit. As we saw in his bout with Brandon Lewis, when Lewis was able to keep the fight on the feet, he was able to land some good shots on Miller. Sometimes his combos are a bit basic and can be short. If he tightens that stuff up, he’s gonna be a major threat.

Outlook

Top-15 UFC BW: At 29 years old, Miller is an older prospect given the amount of pro fights he has (6). That said, he made his pro debut in August of 2019, so he’s quickly amassed those fights. Plus, he had a solid amateur career in terms of how busy he kept himself. He never lost as an ammy either. He also has the experience of being on a wrestling mat for a good portion of his life. As seen on the Contender Series, Miller has a bright future. He is very skilled, very athletic and proving he can get better from fight to fight. With his level of wrestling, athleticism and his developing striking, Miller is going to be a threat when he hits the peak of his career. I think he’s a guy that can definitely move up to the rankings in the UFC.

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