UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs Holland- Jim Miller vs. Joe Solecki : Prelims Prediction and Analysis

Published 04/10/2021, 1:48 PM EDT


The UFC lightweight division is set for some spotlight this Saturday on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Vettori vs. Holland. There are three fights in the prelims, which will be fought between fighters of the lightweight division. Chief among them is Jim Miller vs. Joe Solecki.

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Miller, a man who has fought in the UFC since 2008, will fight his 49th fight professional fight in MMA. On the other hand, his opponent Solecki is a newcomer in the sport when compared to him. Solecki has fought 12 times in his professional career and has an impressive record of 10-2.

He is also on a five-fight win streak and hasn’t lost a fight in the UFC. This will be his third fight in the organization after he got a UFC contract when he beat James Wallace in Dana White’s contender series in 2019. However, this is also his toughest opponent as of now.

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Miller has fought the best of the best in the lightweight division in Nate Diaz, Charles Oliveira, Dustin Poirier, and Frankie Edgar. However, he lost his last fight against Vinc Pichel via a unanimous decision. He needs to win this fight to cement his place in the UFC.

Meanwhile, Solecki will look to put in an entertaining performance to make sure that he enters the top 15 in the official UFC rankings for the lightweight division. His win streak would look even more impressive with a win over a legitimate stalwart of the division.

Jim Miller and Joe Solecki: Fighting style and stats

Miller has a record of 32 wins, 15 losses, and one No Contest after 48 fights. Interestingly, out of his 32 wins, 18 are via submission. He’s definitely a fighter who loves to fight on the ground. He pairs his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with NCAA division-1 level wrestling.

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However, his opponent Solecki is no slouch on the ground either. Solecki has won 7 fights with his submission skills. Amazingly, all of his victories via submission have come in the first round. His one victory by knockout also came in the first round.

This will be a battle fought on the ground, and the fighters are not far apart in their skills. It will be an amazing fight from start to finish.

Predictions: Joe Solecki wins via submission in the first round.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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