by MMAWeekly.com Staff

Cole Miller has had five fights in the UFC since stepping off of the cast of the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. His only misstep has been late second-round TKO loss to Jeremy Stephens, outside of that he has won all four of his other UFC bouts, including Andy Wang, Leonard Garcia, Jorge Gurgel, and, most recently, attention magnet Junie Browning. 

“I think he was the worst guy that I’ve fought in the UFC, but I got to do it on TV,” Miller told MMAWeekly.com recently. 

Of course, doing it on TV is the key for Miller. Since exiting The Ultimate Fighter, he has steadily built a name for himself in the Octagon and television is a huge catalyst for any fighter that’s working his way up the ladder. 

At UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas, he hopes to take big next step up that contender’s ladder when he faces off with Efrain Escudero, who won the eight season of The Ultimate Fighter. Besides defeating Phillipe Nover – the fighter UFC president Dana White had anointed as possibly the 155-pound Anderson Silva – in the finale, Escudero brings with him a spotless 11-0 professional record. 

At 15-3, Miller will have the definite advantage in experience, but he expects a tough, but clean fight out of Escudero. 

“That last fight, I got a little bit extra in Junie, but there’s no bad blood between me and Efrain,” said Miller, but added that won’t distract from his objectives. “I hope to finish him, but I expect him to be training hard… I want to be showcasing the skills that I have and I need to fight guys like Efrain to show that I belong fighting those next level guys.” 

(Click here to watch the full MMAWeekly.com video interview with UFC lightweight competitor Cole Miller.)