Another pair of match-ups have been slated for the UFC's return to Sydney, Australia on March 3rd for UFC on FX 2. According to a report from TheMMACorner.com, Cole Miller will make his featherweight debut against Stephen Siler, while Australia's own Kyle Noke will take on Jared Hamman in a middleweight bout.
The Miller-Siler match-up has bit of a storyline behind it, as Cole's younger brother Micah, was defeated by Siler in the opening round of TUF 14, despite Miller being a heavy favorite to win the entire show. Now Cole will get the chance to avenge his brother's loss, at a new weight class of 145 lbs., despite his having won his last fight at lightweight. Siler, meanwhile, made it all the way to the semifinals on TUF before getting KOd by eventual winner, Diego Brandao. The Californian got another chance at the season finale, and dominated Josh Clopton for a decision victory.
It's no surprise that Kyle Noke ended up on this card as one of the UFC's few Australian fighters. In addition to being a regional draw, Noke had put together a solid 3-0 run in the UFC following his appearance on the 11th season of TUF, before getting caught in a heel hook against Ed Herman, and suffering the first loss of his UFC career. Hamman is also coming off a cringe-inducing loss, after getting knocked out (seemingly multiple times) by Constantinos Philippou in Toronto last month, but it appears now that "The Messenger" didn't need much time to clear the cobwebs and will return in Sydney in March.
The UFC on FX 2 card now includes:
-Thiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann
-Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani
-Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian McCall
-Court McGee vs. Constantinos Philippou
-T.J. Waldburger vs. Jake Hecht
-James Te Huna vs. Aaron Rosa
-Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler
-Kyle Noke vs. Jared Hamman