Bocek: 'I'll find a way to win!'
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC lightweight contender Mark Bocek hopes to make it four straight wins in the Octagon when he faces the tough Jim Miller on UFC 111 March 27th in Newark, New Jersey.
Bocek has won three straight fights via rear naked choke, his favorite technique. He has used that move to submit Alvin Robinson, David Biedlkheden, and Joe Brammer. But, the fourth in a row will will be a sterner test, as he faces the talented Miller, who also is riding a three-fight win streak.
“I see Miller as an A-level guy,” Bocek says. “He is really well-rounded and has great cardio. He’s a grinder.” Miller has captured 10 of his 16 professional MMA wins by submission. He also holds a win over Mac Danzig, who defeated Bocek. But, while the Canadian-born Bocek respects his opponent, he also does not lack for confidence. “I believe I have the advantage in every area honestly,” he says matter-of-factly. “I guess we’ll find out on the 27th.”
Bocek said he has trained religiously for this bout. “For the last six weeks I’ve been with American Top Team and worked with numerous guys in my weight class and also worked with numerous southpaws who attempted to replicate Miller’s style,” he said. “But, I’ve really been training since January 5th.”
Bocek is a submission specialist, having won six of his eight professional MMA victories by that route. He has lost only twice in his professional MMA career to the previously-mentioned Danzig and Frankie Edgar. A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Bocek also possesses an iron will that he hopes to impose on Miller. “I’ve gone through hell training for this fight. I’ll find a way to win.”
Tune in on March 27th to see if Bocek wins his fourth straight UFC fight and finds a way to defeat Jim Miller.