UFC veteran Cole Miller (17-4) was far more focused on just getting to the” World Mixed Martial Arts Awards Show” in Vegas than anything else. The American Top Team lightweight is up for “Submission Of The Year” following his quick and clever inverted triangle choke and kimura that beat Dan Lauzon at UFC 108.
When asked by ProMMAnow.com if this maneuver was part of his game plan, he told us, “It’s just one of those things that happens. It’s definitely a move I have done before in training. My prediction was not to get him in something so unorthodox. It just happened, you take what you can get and go with the flow.”
He faces a world class battle outside of the octagon for this one, however, with other fan favorites such as Matt Hughes, Chris Leben, Anderson Silva and Fabricio Werdum, but he seems confident going into “this round.” “I think I had the coolest submission of the year. I think I had the best one. The way Fabricio hit Fedor, the way he tapped out, that was pretty big. He did it with a pretty big submission. It depends on the fans and how they vote.”
Miller is fresh off a win over “Ultimate Fighter” Season 9 champion Ross Pearson, whom he submitted with a rear-naked choke 1:49 into round two of their lightweight duel at UFC Fight Night 22, Sept. 15 in Austin, Texas. He’s now won 12 fights by submission.
What’s up next for Miller? A speedy and swift trip back to corner for his equally talented younger brother and American Top Team fighter, Micah Miller (15-4) at Tachi Palace Fights 7, which takes place tomorrow. The 23-year-old Miller and three-time WEC veteran faces featherweight champ Isaac DeJesus.
And then its back to South Florida to prepare for his match up with Matt Wiman at “UFC: Fight for the Troops 2” on January 22, 2011.