UFC 159: Jones vs. Sonnen takes place on Saturday, April 27, from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and is headlined by Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Chael Sonnen. Another fight that is getting a lot of attention is the co-main event between Michael Bisping and Alan Belcher. But there is also one bout that is getting highly overlooked.

Jersey native Jim Miller will take on fellow lightweight contender Pat Healy in a main-card contest on pay-per-view. With the resumes of both men, this 155-pound fight should be receiving more attention.

Miller is without a doubt a top-10 lightweight in the UFC and has been for many years. The AMA Fight Club member has been inches from getting a title shot, but has failed to perform in big fights. However, Miller has bounced back with a decision win over Joe Lauzon and has placed himself right back in the mix.

Healy, on the other hand, has taken a different road in his career. “Bam Bam” signed with Strikeforce in 2010 and fought eight times for the now-defunct promotion. From 2011 to 2013, Healy won six consecutive fights, but never had an opportunity to fight for the belt. Injuries to both him and champion Gilbert Melendez caused a road block in Healy’s path to the gold and left Healy to fight Kurt Holobaugh in a prelim bout at the final Strikeforce event.

Miller and Healy are prime candidates to fight for the belt one day, and it could happen sooner than later.

Currently, the next in line for Benson Henderson’s UFC lightweight title is the winner of a UFC 160 bout between Gray Maynard and T.J. Grant. But after the winner of that fight takes on Henderson, Miller or Healy could be waiting in line to meet the victor.

The winner of Saturday’s contest will move further up in the rankings, which will allow them to fight another top contender, with possible title implications.

At this point, there are just a handful of fighters who are in the title mix at 155 pounds, which is unusual considering the division has been very stacked for years. But now Anthony Pettis and Frankie Edgar are fighting at featherweight, Nate Diaz has lost a couple of fights and is pondering a move to welterweight and Melendez just had his chance.

Names currently in the mix, aside from Maynard and Grant, are Miller, Healy, Josh Thomson and Rafael dos Anjos. These are the only top-ranked lightweights who are currently coming off wins.

In my Fight Destiny piece for UFC on Fox 7, I stated that Thomson should fight the winner of Miller and Healy. In terms of rankings, they are very close to one another, and even though Thomson and Healy have fought once before in 2010, it makes the most sense.

Miller and Healy are certainly two names to look out for in the lightweight division, but the two will have to wait a while before realizing their dreams of a title shot.

Step number one: win on Saturday night.

Photo: Jim Miller (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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Corey Adams didn't grow up watching mixed martial arts, considering the UFC was just getting started the year he was born, but in his teenage years, witnessed the action and has fallen in love with the sport. Corey was the first to join The MMA Corner staff -- other than founder Josh Davis -- and has been writing for the site ever since. Corey attends Austin Peay State University, where he majors in Communications with a focus on journalism. When he's not covering MMA, Corey is still writing on many sports with both local and campus newspapers. His favorite sports teams are the Atlanta Braves and Denver Broncos. Follow him on Twitter at the link below.