Cole Miller has been with the UFC for nearly a decade now, but the treatment he received after UFC Fight Night 97 got canceled (where he was set to fight Mizuto Hirota) has pushed him to his boiling point and he lashed out at the promotion in a recent interview (transcript provided by MMA Mania).
Miller trashed the UFC for putting him out money and informing him of a canceled fight in the Philippines after making a four hour drive to the airport. Instead of being booked immiediately, Cole Miller was booked nearly two months later.
"It’s crap. I had a full training camp for nine weeks. I was away from my family. I was on the way to the airport. That’s when the hurricanes were going on down here, so I called ahead myself, transferred my flight to Atlanta instead of here in Fort Lauderdale to make sure I made my flight and wouldn’t miss my flight. I drove all night, got into Georgia at four in the morning, woke up at eight in the morning, was on my way to he airport and I got the text saying that the whole event was canceled. That sucks. I got less than a third of my show money. So, nine weeks away from my family and I profited around $500. So that worked out pretty good for me. Instead of getting re-booked two weeks later, I get re-booked two months later. So now I have to do a second training camp to get paid for one. So that’s what it feels like. I’m here and I don’t even want to be here right now. It doesn’t want to make me fight harder for my family, it makes me want to fight less. It makes me want to quit and go get a job at Starbucks or something. I was ready to start taking out contenders, thinking I have 10 or 12 more fights in me, ready to fight until I’m 36 years old. Now, I don’t even want to do it. I don’t want to do this training camp, I don’t even want to do this session, straight up. I don’t want to be here. Right now, I’m just like anybody else who’s going to work on Monday, they don’t want to and just punch the clock. This is the last fight on my contract, so, to renegotiate a new contract, there is a lot of work...you know, I don’t even think they want me fighting for them. That’s just by the way I feel like I’ve been treated. That’s not how you take care of your people. They will probably let me go even if I win. Which is, whatever. I requested a meeting not too long ago to go in and meet them (new owners) in person and I was denied. They wouldn’t even see me. That’s just the icing on top of it. So, don’t care."
Miller will be competing at UFC On Fox 23, which takes place on Saturday, December 17 from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California with Paige VanZant and Michellle Waterson headlining.