UFN 18: Preview: Junie vs Cole Miller


By Garrett Bailey

A lot can be said about Junie Browning. More can be said about his antics inside The Ultimate Fighter house than his developing skills as a fighter. Even if you didn’t watch last season’s TUF, you certainly heard about the mind bottling things he did. He seems to still have fans though, with Kentucky residents saying that what Junie acted like was not the Junie they know. They also say that everyone is like Junie in Kentucky. I don’t ever want to find myself in Kentucky. Ever. He’s fighting Cole Miller April 1st and here is my preview and prediction:

The Lexington, Kentucky native and now Xtreme Couture trained Junie has thrown the first verbal jab which is making Cole Miller stating he wants to smash Junie. In a fight that had no prior hype, now there will be reason to the game plan. Shut Junie up. Miller basically says that Junie is a nobody and the only reason he took the fight was his long time off from knee surgery. Junie is looking for Fight of The Night. Miller is shooting for the other two. It doesn’t matter, he wants to finish Junie and start getting progressively better opposition.

4-1 in the UFC Miller is a great submission artist. Triangle choking black belt jiu jistu practitioner Jorge Gurgel in the third round of UFC 86, Miller can submit anyone. American Top Team seems to only produce winners, and Miller is no exception. He’s also a finisher with 12 of his 14 wins coming by stoppage. There is something in the water at Coconut Creek, Florida. Or maybe there are just coconuts…

Junie is undefeated as a mixed martial artist with a 3-0 record. Beating Dave Kaplan on the Ultimate Fighter Finale he showed improvement. No one was expecting a better fighter, or a better behaved Junie in the octagon. He’s won his last 2 fights by armbar, but that’s Dave “Gameshow” Kaplan and some dude from Lexington. He didn’t win the Ultimate Fighter show. And there is reason for it. He can be improved as a fighter, but those improvements won’t match the skill level of Miller.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter which fighter is better than the other in aspects of MMA, but this time it does. Cole Miller is better at every aspect of MMA than Browning. Hands, feet, subs. Everything. Cole Miller will be surprised at a much improved Browning April 1st. Xtreme Couture can only improve a fighters skills. But even with that, Miller has been fighting much longer, has more fights under his belt and will most likely end this one in the second round with a submission of his choice.


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