“I just see a lot of stuff that bothers me in martial arts,” he told host Ariel Helwani. “There’s two sides to how I feel about MMA. There’s my personal career as a fighter, but then there’s how I feel as a fan. I was a fan first, and I do care about this sport and mixed martial arts in general. And I’ve been noticing a lot of things that have been rubbing me the wrong way and that I feel like have been making the sport decline, and I want to speak out on those things.”
“I don’t like people coming into the UFC, and the guy’s got the whole fighting Irish gimmick going on, and he jumps to the front of the line,” Miller said. “And a lot of people…I’ve got a lot of people on Twitter saying shut-up you gatekeeper bitch, and I’m sitting there thinking, that’s exactly what I’m saying.
“I don’t even think that [being called a gatekeeper is] a bad thing to say. I’ve worked my ass off. I’ve had my ups and downs in my career, and if at that point I’m a gatekeeper, you’re damn right I’m a gatekeeper. And I’ve f—ing earned that. So let me do my job and throw these guys like Conor McGregor in my way, so we can find out just how good they are.”
In his latest fight, Miller made Sam Sicilia tap out by the way of rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC Fight Night 35 in Duluth, Georgia.