From New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame:
(New Jersey) – The New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame is extremely proud of its third class of inductees to the New Jersey Martial Arts Hall of Fame. This class will be honored at the third dinner gala to be held at the beautiful La Quinta Inns & Suites on December 5, 2014.
On December 5th, Dan Miller will be inducted as MMA Fighter.
Dan was born into a family of wrestlers, and spent his childhood wrestling in Sparta, NJ alongside his older brother, Mike, and his younger brother, Jim. After graduating high school, Jim and Dan began framing houses with their father, Mike, and looking for a way to satisfy their competitive needs began training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Planet Jiu Jitsu. Within six months of beginning training the brothers made their professional mixed martial arts debuts at Reality Fighting 10, with Dan securing a first round triangle choke victory. After his third fight with Reality Fighting, Dan moved to Cage Fury Fighting Championships where another one-round victory saw him earn his first chance at a title. Dan took on Lance Everson at CFFC 2 and following an early slam, transitioned to the back and sunk in a fight-ending rear naked choke to take home the CFFC Middleweight Title.
Following his first title defense, an injury to Fabio Leopoldo set Dan up with the opportunity to make his International Fight League debut, fighting for Renzo Gracie's Pitbulls in the IFL Semifinals. Facing off against Dave Phillips, Dan caught Phillips as his opponent attempted to scramble from his back to his feet, locking on a guillotine choke which quickly put Phillips to sleep. The choke remains one of the most famous submissions in MMA history. The victory was impressive enough to earn Dan a title shot with the IFL, and a first round kneebar of the champion Ryan McGivern earned Dan his second belt, and a chance with the UFC.
Dan has been with the UFC for more than six years and has faced many of the toughest middleweights to ever step foot inside of the Octagon. With four submissions victories, including a Submission of the Night against Ricardo Funch in front of a hometown crowd at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, Dan can always be counted on to deliver an entertaining fight. Looking to pass on what they've learned in their near decade of experience fighting professionally, Dan and Jim opened their own mixed martial arts gym in their hometown of Sparta in November 2014, serving both fighters and casual martial artists. With a quickly growing fight team, they are excited to be grooming the next generation of New Jersey mixed martial artists, passing on their experience to ensure that New Jersey maintains its reputation as one of the premier breeding grounds for top MMA talent.
We hope you will join us on December 5, 20124 Mark your calendars now and purchase your tickets early so you can be sure to be a part of New Jersey martial arts history. Call 201-538-4843 or visit www.njmmaawards.comand get your ticket and join us in a historic night for New Jersey and for martial arts. It is certain to be a terrific night with family, friends, fun, and music.
Here is the complete list of award winners:
2014 Third Class Inductee Awards
- Referee – Keith Peterson
- Muay Thai Trainer – Tommy Dowd
- MMA School Owner – Nick Catone
- Prestigious Achievement – Dylan Wanagiel
- Muay Thai Fighter – Justin Greskiewicz
- Ringside Physician – Dr. Steven Oxler
- Pioneer Physician – Dr. Mark Belafsky
- Striking Coach – Mark Henry
- USA Boxing – Henry Hascup
- Event Organizer – Alan Goldberg
- Pioneer Fighter – Chris Liguori
- MMA Judge – Eric Colon
- Administrator – Joan Pierce
- Traditional Martial Arts – Karriem Abdallah
- MMA Fighter – Dan Miller
- Fighter of the year – Chris Weidman
- MMA Nutritionist – Mike Dolce
- Wrestling Coach – Scott Goodale
- Scorekeeper – Ellen Rubin
- Grappling – Tom Manelski