|English: Jim Miller (MMA Fighter) at UFC Fight Night 21 at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 31, 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
In the UFC main event fight against Nate Diaz on May 5th, Miller tore his extensor muscle, which is the soft tissue that aids in flexing the foot upwards, along with extending the big toe.
Miller was on crutches and in a walking boot for three months while rehabbing the injury. Manager Mike Constantino said that Miller was cleared to return to light workouts, starting with pad work and light jiu-jitsu to see how the muscle reacts. If, after the stresses of a 6 to 8 week training camp, Miller is cleared to compete, Constantino hopes his champ will be back in the ring in November or December.
"I would like to get him back in before the end of the year. He's easing his way back into it all. He had significant time off, so the first step is to get him back into the gym consistently and then we'll try to set something up," said Constantino.
Miller once boasted a seven-fight win streak and is considered one of the UFC's toughest men on the lightweight roster. He's also durable, fighting 13 times since his debut with promotion less than four years ago. His record is 21-4, with all losses coming either at the hands of UFC champions Frankie Edgar or Ben Henderson or other number one contenders. Miller was defeated by Diaz in May.
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