UFC Fight Night 18 Preview: Cole Miller vs. Junie Browning

Cole Miller vs. Junie Browning
Magrinho
Nickname The Fury
14-3 Record 3-0
No. 80 lightweight
Rank NA
3-1 (T)KO Record 1-0
9-0 Sub. Record 2-0
2-2 Dec. Record 0-0
W-1 Streak W-3
156 Weight 156
6-1 Height 5-9
24 Age 24
American Top Team
Camp Xtreme Couture
Augusta, Georgia
Hometown Lexington, Kentucky

Ultimate Fighter bad boy Junie Browning will get his biggest test to date against Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 18 Wednesday in Nashville. The full preview is below.

What's at stake for Miller
: Backing up his talk. Miller says he is a far more skilled mixed martial artist than Browning, and he now has the opportunity to proveit in the Octagon.

What's at stake for Browning: Showing he's not just a reality show headcase. Browning is only on the main card because his antics on the last season of The Ultimate Fighter made him the fighter that UFC fans love to hate. It's time for him to demonstrate that he's a legitimate professional athlete and not a thug.

Why Miller is favored: Miller has fought 17 professional fights, fought in both the U.S. and in Japan, and fought very good competition. Browning's only experience outside The Ultimate Fighter is a couple small shows in Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Why Browning could pull the upset: He's working out with a great team at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, and people who have seen him there say he's improved dramatically.

Miller says about Browning: "I just think technically he's not very proficient in any aspect of fighting. His ground game is very elementary. I think he's shown how sub-par his technical skills are. ... I didn't see The Ultimate Fighter so I wouldn't know. I've heard from a lot of people that he made a mockery of himself and made the sport look bad, but I personally didn't see any of his antics, nor did I care about him."

Browning says about Miller: "It's really just him trying to create drama and hype. I'm not really worried about it. It won't change the way I punch him. ... He has no clue what he's talking about. ... He's going to be very surprised."

Miller Links:
Official site | UFC profile | Sherdog record | Wikipedia entry

Browning Links:
Official site | UFC profile | Sherdog record | Wikipedia entry

Prediction: Miller is more experienced and more proficient on the ground and will beat Browning by submission.

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