Cole Miller won't be able to enjoy fighting at home until after his bout
The featherweight will compete for the first time in the UFC in Georgia, just 90 minutes from his hometown, but he said being in familiar surroundings hasnât made his pre-fight routine any easier.
Cole Miller was fired up about fighting Sam Sicilia when he talked with FOX Sports.
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By Marc RaimondiDuluth, GA
Fighting in front of his hometown crowd with the UFC is something Cole Miller has always wanted. Except he can't really enjoy it until after the fight his over.
Miller meets Sam Sicilia at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou on Wednesday night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. The native of Macon, Ga., which is about 90 minutes away from here, said there will be 'hundreds' of people cheering him on. Not that it matters.
"It doesn't make the weight cut any easier, it didn't make my eight-week training camp any easier," Miller told FOX Sports. "It didn't make any of the things I had to do before a fight any easier."
I don't feel any kind of confidence fighting at home. There's no feeling. I'm fighting Sam Sicilia. That's it. He's gonna try to hurt me and I have to hurt him before he does hurt me.
Technically, Miller is 'home,' but he has to cut a ton of weight down to 145. At 6-1, that's no easy task. His grandmother had a heart attack last week and he wasn't able to go visit her in the hospital. Luckily, she seems to be doing well now.
Miller (20-8), coming off a victory over Andy Ogle in October, knows he can't afford to let any distractions seep into his consciousness. He was extremely intense Monday at UFC media day.
"I don't feel any kind of confidence coming off a win," said Miller, who fights out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. "I don't feel any kind of confidence fighting at home. There's no feeling. I'm fighting Sam Sicilia. That's it. He's gonna try to hurt me and I have to hurt him before he does hurt me. And that's it."
And being home? It's no advantage, according to Miller. After all, Sicilia has fought Brazilians twice on cards in Brazil. Duluth on a Wednesday night won't likely be comparable.
I don't think some people cheering for me is gonna affect him at all from doing what he's trying to do, which is take my f***ing head off.
"He's stood toe to toe with fans telling him that he's gonna die on the way to the cage," Miller said. "I don't think some people cheering for me is gonna affect him at all from doing what he's trying to do, which is take my f***ing head off."
With that said, Miller doesn't feel any extra burden to win in front of his supporters - the same ones who came to see him compete on the Georgia regional scene back years ago. After the fight, win or lose, he knows he'll get a few weeks at home with loved ones.
"I don't feel any pressure at all," Miller said. "I just know that I'm saving all the emotions and things after the fight for how special this stuff is for me. All of it will be determined by the verdict."