by Matt Lo Cascio
Cole Miller knows what will be on the line when he fights Bart Palaszewski at the TUF 17 Finale on April 13, even if it hasn’t been spelled out for him.
“I am fighting for my job. No one has told me if I lose then I am cut, but that would make 3 (losses) in a row. Definitely the loser goes home after this fight,” Miller told Chicago’s MMA.
With the exception of Dan Hardy, three straight losses in the UFC seems to be the death knell. Both Miller and Palaszewski have lost three of their last four fights, including two in a row.
That aspect adds intrigue to what is already an interesting matchup of skills. Miller is known for his killer sub game, while Palaszewski has become known as more of a striker, although he does have an underrated ground game. Miller’s last 5 wins have come via submission. So can he beat Bart standing or does he have to take it to the ground?
“I never feel like I have to do anything to get the win. I can say that being predictable and trying to fight only in one area at a time is not the kind of game plan to go in there with to fight an experienced, seen-it-all kind of fighter like Bart.”
With so much at stake, Miller doesn’t have much energy to think about grudges, but rest assured that his feud with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is alive and well.
“When you don’t like someone, you don’t like them,” Miller said. “Nothing’s changed. Of course I want to fight the guy, but I’m not really in that kind of position at the moment. He’s the big dog right now at lightweight, with several high profile showings and I’m 0-2 at featherweight fighting for my job. I’m trying to think about Bart Palaszewski, not that guy.”
Miller also shared his thought on TRT usage throughout MMA. A well-known opponent of TRT, Miller doesn’t care that it is deemed ‘legal’.
“I’ve always been vocal about fighters that cheat, and use TRT. TRT can be called legal all day long. If your body doesn’t produce naturally what you feel it should then you shouldn’t fight anymore,” Miller said.
“I don’t respect anyone as a martial artist that uses TRT, EPO, HGH, Anavar, Deca or any other kind of steroid. What makes people worth fighting at the highest level is that they have something others don’t whether you were born with great genetics and have an average skill set, or your skill set is super high and you have below average athletic abilities. So basically you’re saying ‘I’m not happy with the cards I’ve been dealt, let me inject this into my body so we can all be equal’. But it’s not equal — that’s why guys that can throw 100mph consistently are worth big dollars, and guys that have a crazy amount of testosterone and killer instinct and high skill sets are worth big dollars.”