Cole Miller Says Fighters Should Pay Their Dues
Posted by Larry Csonka on 01.08.2014
Also has a message for Conor McGregor…
- Cole Miller recently spoke about fighters paying their dues and more. Here are the highlights…
On Fighters Paying Their Dues: "If you look at the subtlety of the message, I wasn't really trying to do something for myself, so much as trying to do something for mixed martial arts. I think guys should earn their way. I don't think you should get two fights, come off a decision win, and not look all that hot, and because you're trying to get a new country as a fan base, and trying to win over a new country, get a fast track to the top. I think that paying your dues and having to grind, as so many others do, is best for MMA," Miller said. "Not seeing these inconsistencies of these guys that come with hype because they're trying to get a country of viewers."
On Fighting in His Home State: "It's good to be fighting in my home state, but I don't think this is the kind of guy that you can get too excited about," Miller said. "Him having fought twice in Brazil against Brazilians, I'm not relishing in this. I'm not enjoying this, because I know he's going to bring it. If he could fight under the pressure of people telling him he's going to die, I think he can deal with a couple guys from Georgia."
On Trying to Stay Healthy: "I had surgeries in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012," he said. "That's why you've been seeing me on these two-fight-a-year kicks. I'm not going to complain about my losses. All the guys that beat me were better men that night. But if I can go on a run where I can not get injured, and develop a little consistency, I'll work my way up the ladder pretty quickly."
On Conor McGregor: "You come in and you say you're getting ready to fight (Jose) Aldo, and you call out the entire top 10," Miller said. "Two of those guys are my teammates, and you're going to call all of them out, and not even going to finish this guy that you just fought, who is not an experienced fighter – who is actually getting all his experience in the UFC. And you're going to get the fast track? No, I don't think so. He might be able to beat my ass. But that's my point: Come beat my ass, and then you can move up the ladder."