April 26, 1984 |
Augusta, Georgia, United States
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)|
|Division||Featherweight (2005-2006, 2012-present)
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Coconut Creek, Florida|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Rank||black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2003–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable relatives||Micah Miller, brother|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mixed martial arts career
Before giving it up to train for MMA full-time, Miller was a standout baseball player at Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, Georgia where he was raised. He was also a member of Macon-based Team Praxis, under instructor Cam McHargue, before moving on to American Top Team. Cole's younger brother, Micah, was a professional mixed martial artist with the WEC promotion.
Before turning pro, Cole was the Virginia based, King Of The Ring 135 lb Champion. As a professional, Miller was the WKA Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight Champion as well as the Indiana Based, Legends of Fighting, Lightweight Champion. He trains at the American Top Team academy in Coconut Creek, Florida under Master Ricardo Liborio, whom he received Blue through Brown Belts in BJJ. Miller is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt under Marcos "Parrumpinha" Da Matta who frequently corners him in his UFC fights. Miller made his featherweight debut in Shooto, being defeated by Shooto World Champion Takeshi Inoue by unanimous decision, while taking the fight on short notice.
The Ultimate Fighter
Miller was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 5 show, featuring lightweights. He was a member of Jens Pulver's Team. Cole won his preliminary fight on the show against Allen Berube by Triangle Choke in the first round. Cole then fought against Joe Lauzon in the quarter-finals of the competition. After a competitive first round, the two fighters engaged quickly in the second, with Cole Miller looking for submissions off his back. Lauzon then landed an illegal elbow to the back of Miller's head. After taking the recovery time, Miller signaled that he was okay and the fight resumed. Lauzon immediately took Miller down and starting landing clean shots. Miller covered up and refused to improve his position, prompting the ref to stop the fight. After the fight, both Dana White and Lauzon were unhappy with the outcome of the fight, stating that the illegal blow was what caused Miller to stop attacking and cover up.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Miller made his official UFC debut at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale, defeating Andy Wang via TKO at 1:10 of the 1st round.
On July 5, 2008, at UFC 86, Cole submitted Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt and 6-time Brazilian State champion, Jorge Gurgel, with a triangle choke in the 3rd round. Cole was a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu at the time. He later said that it was the biggest win of his career. He was awarded Submission of the Night.
Cole Miller went on to defeat Junie Browning on April 1, 2009 at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann, finishing the fight early in the first round. After Browning was caught by a right hook from Miller, he shot in for a takedown. Miller stuffed it, and locked in a guillotine choke on Browning. Immediately after Miller got the win, he leaned down and yelled in Browning's face, "Who's overrated now?!"
Miller submitted The Ultimate Fighter 9 winner, Ross Pearson, via second round rear-naked choke on September 15, 2010, at UFC Fight Night 22. Coming into his fight with Pearson, many suggested that Miller would look for a takedown due to Pearson's superior striking. However, Miller outstruck Pearson in the second round, rocked him with a left hook, and hopped onto his back to sink in the fight ending rear naked choke. Miller won his second straight Submission of the Night honors.
Miller was expected to face Matt Wiman on January 1, 2011, at UFC 125, but the bout eventually took place on January 22, 2011, at UFC Fight Night 23. Miller was dominated by Wiman, resulting in a unanimous decision defeat.
Miller faced Sam Sicilia on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35. He won the fight via rear naked choke in the second round. The win also earned Miller his fourth Submission of the Night bonus award.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|29 matches||21 wins||8 losses|
|Win||21–8||Sam Sicilia||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou||January 15, 2014||2||1:54||Duluth, Georgia, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||20–8||Andy Ogle||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Munoz||October 26, 2013||3||5:00||Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||19–8||Manvel Gamburyan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen||August 17, 2013||3||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Win||19–7||Bart Palaszewski||Submission (rear naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale||April 13, 2013||1||4:23||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–7||Nam Phan||Decision (split)||UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera||August 4, 2012||3||5:00||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||18–6||Steven Siler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||March 3, 2012||3||5:00||Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||Returns to Featherweight|
|Win||18–5||TJ O'Brien||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle||August 14, 2011||2||2:38||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||17–5||Matt Wiman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC: Fight for the Troops 2||January 22, 2011||3||5:00||Fort Hood, Texas, United States|
|Win||17–4||Ross Pearson||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares||September 15, 2010||2||1:49||Austin, Texas, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Win||16–4||Dan Lauzon||Submission (modified kimura)||UFC 108||January 2, 2010||1||3:05||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Loss||15–4||Efrain Escudero||TKO (punches)||UFC 103||September 19, 2009||1||3:36||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||15–3||Junie Browning||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann||April 1, 2009||1||1:58||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|Win||14–3||Jorge Gurgel||Submission (triangle choke)||UFC 86||July 5, 2008||3||4:48||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Submission of the Night|
|Loss||13–3||Jeremy Stephens||TKO (punches and elbows)||UFC Fight Night: Swick vs. Burkman||January 23, 2008||2||4:44||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–2||Leonard Garcia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Thomas vs. Florian||September 19, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||12–2||Andy Wang||TKO (head kick and punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale||June 23, 2007||1||1:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Win||11–2||Josh Souder||Decision (split)||LOF 10: Unbreakable||November 3, 2006||3||5:00||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Win||10–2||John Strawn||Submission (armbar)||Absolute Fighting Championships 19||October 21, 2006||1||2:21||Boca Raton, Florida, United States||Moves up to Lightweight|
|Loss||9–2||Takeshi Inoue||Decision (unanimous)||Shooto 2006: 7/21 in Korakuen Hall||July 21, 2006||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||9–1||Saul Mitchell||Submission (triangle choke)||Diesel Fighting Championships 1||June 30, 2006||1||3:19||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||8–1||Joe Germain||Submission (guillotine choke)||Full Throttle 7||June 10, 2006||1||0:36||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||7–1||Vince Libardi||Submission (guillotine choke)||International Freestyle Fighting 1||May 6, 2006||1||0:16||Fort Worth, Texas, United States|
|Win||6–1||Dwayne Shelton||Submission (rear naked choke)||CSC: River City Rumble||February 18, 2006||3||3:48||Mechanicsville, Virginia, United States|
|Win||5–1||Jarrett Becks||Submission (guillotine choke)||Full Throttle 6||February 11, 2006||1||1:01||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
|Win||4–1||David Love||TKO||North American Combat Challenge 2||December 17, 2005||1||1:26||Key West, Florida, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Josh Odom||Decision (majority)||Full Throttle 5||November 4, 2005||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||3–0||Tim Honeycutt||KO (knee)||Full Throttle 4||September 9, 2005||1||0:23||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||2–0||Chris Mickle||Submission (triangle choke)||Full Throttle 3||July 15, 2005||1||1:39||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Win||1–0||Harris Norwood||Submission (triangle choke)||Full Throttle 2||June 3, 2005||1||3:14||Atlanta, Georgia, United States|
- Gerbasi, Thomas. "'Napao' is Back; Miller submits Gurgel in UFC 86 Prelims". UFC.com. Retrieved May 21, 2009.
- "Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller lined up for UFC 103 on Sept. 26". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
- "Cole Miller vs. Andre Winner targeted for lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 21". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-01-19.
- "http://mmajunkie.com/news/18100/cole-miller-vs-andre-winner-scratched-from-ufc-fight-night-21-florian-vs-gomi.mma". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-02-26.
- "OLIVEIRA IN AGAINST WINNER AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT 21". mmaweekly.com. 2010-02-26.
- "Pearson-Miller at UFN 22; Baroni-Salter at UFC 118". MMAFighting.com. Retrieved 2010-05-31.
- "Matt Wiman vs. Cole Miller in the works for UFC 125 in January". mmajunkie.com. October 20, 2010.
- "UFC NEWS: Miller vs. Wiman moved from UFC 125 to UFC Fight for the Troops 2 in January". mmatorch.com. November 16, 2010.
- "UFC on Versus 5: T.J. O'Brien vs Cole Miller fights set for Milwaukee on Aug. 14". mmamania.com. April 26, 2011.
- "Cole Miller Meets Steven Siler at UFC on FX 2". mmaweekly.com. December 30, 2011.
- "Miller-Palaszewski set for TUF 17 Finale in April". mmajunkie.com. February 11, 2013.
- Staff (2013-06-12). "Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller Added to UFC on Fox Sports 1 Event in Boston". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12.
- "Ogle Draws Miller At UFC Fight Night 30". YourMMA.tv. 9 September 2013.
- Mike Whitman. "UFC Returns to Georgia in January with Cole Miller-Sam Sicilia". sherdog.com. Retrieved 2013-11-14.
- "UFC Fight Night 35 Bonuses: Rockhold, Miller, Romero, Brunson Earn $50K Awards", by Mike Whitman, Sherdog.com
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- Official UFC Profile
- Professional MMA record for Cole Miller from Sherdog
- Official American Top Team Website