UFC featherweight Cole Miller went 2-1 in 2013, with his only loss being to Manny Gamburyan in a controversial fight that took place at UFC Fight Night 26 in Boston, Massachusetts. Miller was unhappy with the way the fight was decided, after an extended delay in between rounds despite his strikes to the head of Gamburyan being ruled legal.
After the fight, Miller filed an appeal to the Massachusetts Athletic Commission that outlined eight rule violations, but his appeal was denied and the loss remained on his record.
With a bad taste still in his mouth, Miller vows that he will never fight in Massachusetts again.
“It’s bad that I have to make an accusation against the state that they broke rules. If I had broken a rule, if they had pointed out eight things, they would have considered that overwhelming evidence to fine me or suspend me, but because I had to attack their commission they thought those eight rule violations were inconclusive. It blows my mind,” Miller said, via Bloody Elbow.
“I thought about suing them, but I’m just going to let it go. I have a fight coming up, and I can’t take time off to hire a lawyer and start thinking about that. They potentially robbed me of Knockout of the Night, a win bonus and a Knockout of the Night.
“The judges messed it up. The athletic commission messed it up later, and I’m just not interested in ever going back to that state. They’ll never get any state taxes from future purses from me because I’m never going back.”
Miller’s loss was another example of poor judging in the sport, but now his focus must be on his next opponent , Sam Sicilia, at UFC Fight Night 35.
The event will be held in Miller’s home state of Georgia, so he is hoping to go out and put on a strong performance that will leave the bad taste of the Gamburyan loss as a distant memory.