Miller’s candidacy was a talking point on this week’s edition of “DC & RC,” where Cormier and co-host Ryan Clark took opposing stances on the matter. Cormier believes Miller’s longevity isn’t enough to secure a spot, though conceding that winning a title would do it.
“I don’t feel like time served immediately puts you in the Hall of Fame. Look, he’s got more wins than anyone else. But, I love Jim Miller and that makes it hard for me – but I just don’t feel like time served puts you in the Hall of Fame.”
Clark argued for Miller, saying that Miller’s career mirrors that of Donald Cerrone, who will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this year.
Though Cormier is entitled to his opinion, the current Hall of Famer might be overlooking the totality of Miller’s accomplishments.
As it stands, Miller holds multiple UFC records, including:
- Most fights in the UFC (42)
- Most wins in the UFC (25)
- Most wins in the lightweight division (22)
- Most stoppage wins in the lightweight division (15)
- Second-most stoppage wins overall (17)
Miller has done enough to merit consideration despite the lack of hardware. If anything, a title win at this stage of his career would get him a seat at the table as one of the greatest lightweights ever.
It is unlikely that the unranked Miller can claw his way into title contention at 39. Even so, he’s had a legendary career. Eventually, Cormier will have to accept the notion that a well-traveled soldier can get his due, even if he doesn’t achieve the highest of highs.