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||Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo LibórioBlack belt in|
|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 referee 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.
On April 9, 2014 Miller announced his new four-fight contract with UFC via Twitter.
Miller faced Jim Alers on December 19, 2015 at UFC on Fox 17. The bout was ruled a No Contest after Miller was accidentally poked in the eye by Alers in the second round and was unable to continue.
Miller was expected to face returning veteran B.J. Penn on June 4, 2016 at UFC 199, replacing an injured Dennis Siver. However, Penn was removed from the card on May 23 after he was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation. Miller instead faced Alex Caceres. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Miller was expected to face Mizuto Hirota on October 15, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 97. However, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely. In turn, the fight was rescheduled and eventually took place on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22 Miller lost the bout by unanimous decision.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||21 wins||11 losses|
|Loss||21–11 (1)||Mizuto Hirota||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Loss||21–10 (1)||Alex Caceres||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 199||June 4, 2016||3||5:00||Inglewood, California, United States|
|NC||21–9 (1)||Jim Alers||NC (accidental eye poke)||UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2||December 19, 2015||2||1:44||Orlando, Florida, United States||Eyepoke rendered Miller unable to continue.|
|Loss||21–9||Max Holloway||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch||February 14, 2015||3||5:00||Broomfield, Colorado, United States|
|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|
|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: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen 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, Australia||Return 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||KO (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||Lightweight debut.|
|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 (punches)||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|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Professional record breakdown|
|2 matches||1 win||1 loss|
|Loss||1-1||Joe Lauzon||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 5||May 24, 2007 (air date)||2||3:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 5 quarterfinal|
|Win||1-0||Allen Berube||Submission (triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 5||April 5, 2007 (air date)||1||2:33||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||TUF 5 elimination round|
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