Dan Rod, caught up with Dan Miller prior to his fight last week.
Dan was training at the AMA Fight Club in New Jersey. The website for the club is: http://www.amafightclub.com/ – It is the home for the Miller brothers – Jim and Dan, Rafaello “Tractor” Oliveira, Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman amongst others. The club embraces the New Jersey culture and it is nicely located in a strip mall, next door to a Diner (not easy to cut weight with the smell of bacon in the backdoor though) in the Northern part of the state.
DM: I have been doing the usual, training here are AMA, just trying to get better, basically. I am trying to improve everywhere – my striking, my wrestling, my Jiu Jitsu. Taking a lot of technique classes and trying to get my cardio up.
DR: You are coming from a couple of losses, this is a very important fight for you, a high profile fight – How have you been keeping your nerves down – how do you mellow out?
DM: You know what, this is my job. I learned a while ago that isn’t the most important thing, but I got to go in there and I have to win to provide for my family, so, you know what, I’m just gonna go in there and have fun and try to get the win.
DR: I also know you are a big hunter. How does that hunting feeling affect you and how does that mentality take you when you walk into the ring?
DM: I don’t know if I would compare it. I compare this a lot with my wrestling when I was wrestling back in high school. I go in and it’s competition, it’s fun for me. It’s not that serious. I like fighting, that is why I am fighting. It’s just fun.
DR: So you go there and it’s pretty much a playground. You are happy no matter what’s the outcome.
DM: Definitely. If it’s too serious, it gets old fast. I just go out there and have fun and enjoy my job!
DR: Awesome man – great point of view. Thank you.
DM: Thank you very much.