Interview Highlights: Cole Miller talks about his decision to continue against Lauzon, Technical Street Fight, more
Jun 6, 2007, 02:34
The following interview highlights were supplied to the Torch by Adam Samons...
Between The Ropes
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Central Florida's Sports Radio 740 The Team
Simulcast online at BetweenTheRopes.com
On Wednesday night, May 30, Cole Miller joined hosts Brian Fritz, Dickerman, and Vito DeNucci live on Between The Ropes on Central Florida's Sports Radio 740 The Team to discuss his controversial fight against Joe Lauzon, the infamous "most technical street fight ever" between Marlon and Noah, and much more.
The interview began with Cole being asked to discus his decision to continue fighting against Joe Lauzon despite receiving a blow to the back of the head. Cole said "I couldn't really see anything. I was just trying to recuperate so I could get back in there to fight. A lot of people can say that if I didn't think I should have been fighting then I shouldn't have gone back in there, but at the same time I didn't want to look like a punk. It's very likely that if I didn't continue I could have been made an example out of, they could have made a "do you want to be an f'ing fighter peaches" out of me and I didn't want that to happen." Cole then confirmed that he received a mild concussion and didn't see straight for a while after the fight.
Regarding how he felt he was doing in the fight before the blow to the back of the head Cole said he thought that he may have been behind because of the amount of time he spent on the bottom. However, Cole also said that he felt he was winning the fight by controlling the pace and attempting many submissions. He felt that he was tiring Lauzon and was on pace to submit him sometime in the second round, or the third round if need be.
Asked about his coach on the Ultimate Fighter, Jens Pulver, Cole said that he was "very effective and an influential coach and person" who stressed the team concept in order to get the other team out of the competition.
Talk then turned to what Cole described as "the most technical street fight ever" between Marlon and Noah. Cole said "it was awesome, I think it was like the most fun I've ever had in my life. I can say that because when your in that house everything is so routine…and then all the sudden something like that happens, it quickly went from no fun to 'wow this is awesome.'"
Cole said that the reason the fight between Marlon and Noah aired on the show despite Dana's criticisms of both guys the next day was a result of Spike TV controlling the show creatively. He also noted that Dana had said if it was up to him that fight never would have made it on TV.
Regarding his fellow contestants on the Ultimate Fighter Cole said that Marlon wasn't a very popular guy, but that he liked Corey Hill, Nate Diaz, and Matt Wyman a lot and that he had made some good friends on the show.
Cole said there were no definite plans for future fights that he could confirm, but he felt that everyone seems to want to see a rematch between himself and Joe Lauzon since the first fight was so exciting and ended so controversially.
The discussion wrapped up with Cole saying that he's been getting a lot more recognition since the show started and that "my myspace is blown up with a bunch of hot chicks, but as far as out in public goes I've got a bunch of dudes in that 18-34 demographic coming up to me and I could care less about that."
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