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Steven Siler defeats Cole Miller by Unanimous Decision. The three judges scored the fight 29-28, 29-28, and 29-28.
Steven Siler doubled up the leg kicks to open up the fight. Cole clinched up and threw knees to the thighs before looking for a clinch takedown. Siler found a home for those leg kicks early and landed punches inside. Cole had problems finding his target with his punches midway through the first round while Siler used good head movement to avoid Cole's punches. Cole landed a big right hand but Siler responded with a five punch combination. Siler handed two short punches that rocked Cole Miller. The round ended with Steven Siler working a mounted guillotine.
Body shot from Steve Siler to open the second round. Cole Miller with the Thai clinch knees but Siler broke and landed punches to the body and head. Cole with body lock and takedown attempt but Siler gets right back to his feet and landed knees on the way up. Siler landed three consecutive jabs Cole Miller stood flat footed against the fence. Cole Miller with a three punch combination but Siler responded with his own strikes. Cole finally found his range with ninety seconds left. Siler with a body shot and then a 1-2 combination that landed cleanly to the face of Cole Miller. With the round coming to a close Steve Siler looked to be the fresher fighter.
Steven Siler attacked the body in the third round. Siler landed a huge right hand that stumbled Cole Miller. Left hand from Cole Miller stood Siler straight up. Siler has abandoned leg kicks and has settled on his boxing. Siler countered Miller. Miller responded with a front kick. Cole clinched up and Steven Siler landed punches on the break. Nice jab from Cole Miller and then a body lock clinch. Knees to the legs from Miller. Siler gave up his back and Cole Miller dragged the fight to the ground. Miller passed to mount and looked for a submission before landing punches to finish the fight.
Steven Siler previously defeated Cole's brother Micah to become a contestant on the fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter. This was his first fight in the promotion following the TUF Finale. He is 2-0 in the UFC and 20-9 overall. Cole Miller made his long awaited drop to featherweight. He is 7-4 in the UFC and 18-6 overall.