Former Ultimate Fighter 8 headliner Junie Browning (3-0) will reportedly make his second appearance inside the Octagon against American Top Team lightweight Cole Miller (14-3) at UFC Fight Night 18 in Nashville, Tenn., on April 1.
Browning, the most controversial contestant on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) since Chris Leben, was a foul-mouthed drunk who everyone wanted to see get his ass kicked (including Dana White).
Junebug however, may have had the last laugh, demonstrating some nice stand-up and improved cardio in his submission win over fellow castmate Dave Kaplan at last month’s Ultimate Fighter Finale 8.
Browning also seems to now be on the straight and narrow after his tumultuous alcohol-induced stint on the mixed martial arts reality series. Perhaps he can once and for all realize the potential that was being wasted on booze and backstabbing.
He’ll have to have his submission defense in check however when he faces "Mangrino." Like Browning, Miller was a talented up-and-comer who fell just short of the TUF finals, eventually succumbing to Joe Lauzon after being rattled with an illegal punch to the back of his head in the TUF 5 semifinals.
Since his UFC debut in June of 2007, Miller has gone 3-1, including an impressive submission victory over exiled lightweight Jorge Gurgel at UFC 86.
UFC Fight Night 18 will serve as the lead-in to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 on Spike TV. The event has yet to be announced or made official; however, two additional bouts are also rumored for the show, including a match up between TUF 8 lightweight winner Efrain Escuedero taking on Jeremy Stephens and Ricardo Almeida challenging Matt Horwich.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more announcements and news surrounding UFC Fight Night 18.