Pearson’s First UFC Loss, Coming from Miller
Like Miller, Pearson emerged in the Octagon from “The Ultimate Fighter,” though Pearson won his season, and has since racked up two more UFC victories. Miller has been solid, but has also stumbled twice in the Octagon. Not so in Austin, Texas.
Despite Cole Miller having a height and reach advantage over Ross Pearson, Cole “Magrinho” Miller had a tall task before him at UFC Fight Night 22. Both contenders emerged from “The Ultimate Fighter,” however, Ross “The Real Deal” Pearson won his season. Miller, on the other hand, has been solid but stumbled twice in the Octagon.
Nevertheless, it is not the same story in Austin, Texas. Going toe-to-toe with Pearson, Miller weathered a difficult first round. In round two, The Real Deal worked on Miller’s lead leg with low kicks. But Miller fortunately found the chance to utilize his reach to rock Pearson with a couple of right hands. It was followed by left hook and right cross combination that put Magrinho’s opponent on the mat. Finally, Miller ended the bout with a rear naked choke.
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“I’m just happy I came out hear and did what I said I was gonna do. I see all these wrestlers coming out here, point fighting strikers, and lay and pray jiu-jitsu guys, they’re all doing the same thing. Ain’t nobody trying to finish, pass guard, mount, nothing, just control the clock. This ain’t football, people gotta come in here and fight.”