Jim Miller is the only one in UFC history, and he got there hard.
The veteran lightweight dispatched Jesse Butler with a brutal first-round knockout at Saturday’s UFC Vegas 74 to become the first mixed martial artist to reach 25 UFC wins in his career. He was already the all-time leader in wins with the promotion.
The 39-year-old brought Butler to the edge of the Octagon then unloaded a hard left to knock him coldly:
“I really appreciate Jesse, he came here on just over two days notice,” Miller said in his post-fight interview. “I had a great camp, I felt good. When I’m turned on, I’m dangerous to anyone in the world.
The win improves Miller’s career record to 36-17. Miller also holds the record for most UFC fights with 41 as he has been with the promotion since 2008 when he first fought at UFC 89. He also fought at UFC 100 and at UFC 200, two wins, and made it his personal goal. fight at UFC 300, which is scheduled to take place in April or May 2024. Miller turns 40 in August.
“I set the goal to get to 300,” Miller said. “I want to end my career the way I started my career and that is by fighting as often as possible. At this point in my career, I just want to have good fights.
The UFC all-time win rankings now look like this:
Miller has now won four of his last five fights, the first time since 2011. He had just lost a unanimous decision to Alexander Hernandez in February.
Butler, now 12-5, made his UFC debut after replacing Jared Gordon on two days’ notice. There were easier beginnings in the UFC.