On Wednesday, Cole Miller fought in his home state of Georgia for the first time as a member of the UFC. Miller made that return a memorable one, picking up the win, and a $50,000 bonus for Submission of the Night, stopping Sam Sicilia via rear naked choke at the 1:54 mark of Round 2.
Following his victory, the never shy Miller was asked by Jon Anik what he said to UFC president Dana White after defeating Sicilia and advancing his career record to 21-8. Miller responded, “I said, I’m a top-10 featherweight here. I’m trying to come for some of these contenders. There’s one guy in particular. I think everybody knows who it is. It’s you, Donald “Clownboy” Cerrone. You’ve been talking about coming down to 145 (pounds)? Come on down.”
Cerrone, who has referred to Miller as “a bum” and said he would drop to 145 pounds to “chase his ass” is currently scheduled to face Adriano Martins in a lightweight bout at UFC on Fox 10. Miller had a solution ready to offer Cerrone in order for him to make the cut from the lightweight limit of 155 pounds, “I’ll tell you what I’m going to do” said Miller. “I’m going to send Mike Dolce over to you, and you can put the bill on me. He’s probably going to tell you the same thing I’m telling you, lay off those cheeseburgers and Twinkies, homie.”
Cerrone and Miller have had a brewing feud for the past several years. In fact, Cerrone requested a fight with Miller in 2010 when Cerrone made the move from the WEC to the UFC. At the time, Cerrone said, “He beat a good friend of mine, Leonard Garcia, and before I was anything I told him I’m coming for you Cole, and Cole, I’m coming for you.”
Miller’s win over Garcia happened at UFC Fight Night 11. That 2007 bout captured Fight of the Night honors, with Miller taking the unanimous decision win.
At the post-fight press conference on Wednesday, Miller had more to say about the long-simmering beef with Cerrone, “We had a couple out of the cage altercations over the past few years, and when he first came into the UFC he called me out, and I just wanted to return the favor. He’s been talking about coming down to 145-pounds and fighting at featherweight. Talking about it is one thing, if he needs some motivation to come on down, then I gave it to him.”
Cerrone’s fight against Martins is scheduled for the main card of the January 25 event in Chicago, IL.
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