A lightweight battle between Junie Browning and Cole Miller is set for UFC Fight Night 18 on April 1. The battle of former cast members of The Ultimate Fighter was first reported by MMAjunkie.com and FiveOuncesOfPain.com has since confirmed the bout with a source close to the fight.
Browning, 3-0, last competed in December during the live finale for the eighth season of TUF where he submitted fellow cast member Dave Kaplan at 1:32 of round 2 courtesy of an armbar.
The highly controversial Browning fought three times on TUF 8, defeating Jose Aguilar during the show’s qualifying round following by a victory in the tournament’s first round against Rolando Delgado. He was eliminated from the show during the semifinals against eventual lightweight winner Efrain Escudero.
The fight vs. Browning will mark the first time Miller has competed since a submission victory in July over Jorge Gurgel at UFC 86. A member of the TUF 5 cast, Miller is 3-1 lifetime in the UFC.
Miller’s overall record is 14-3 with notable victories during his three-year career against Dwayne Shelton, Leonard Garcia, and Andy Wang.
In addition to Browning vs. Miller, UFN 18 will also reportedly feature bouts involving TUF 8 light heavyweight winner Ryan Bader vs. Carmelo Marrero, TUF 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escudero vs. Jeremy Stephens, Aaron Simpson vs. Tim McKenzie, and Steve Steinbeiss vs. Ryan Jensen. The show will emanate from Nashville, Tenn. and will precede the season premiere of the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter.