In an interview with Sherdog.com earlier this week, Cole Miller confirmed that he suffered a broken hand in his win over T.J. O’Brien at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.
“I just did this. I had a knee injury earlier this year and I wasn’t able to train for nine weeks,” Miller said. “I wanted to be able to get a good win like I did and come out unscathed and hopefully get another fight before the end of the year. But everything’s just going to have to be put on hold. It’s kind of depressing.”
Miller submitted O’Brien with a guillotine choke in the second round. He believes he broke his hand during the opening four minutes of the fight.
“I’m pretty disappointed,” Miller said. “I’m definitely happy that I won the fight. This whole situation would be a lot worse if I had a broken hand and (was) coming off a loss, but I’m not the same usual self that I am after a nice victory. The injury’s definitely making me a little bit depressed.
“I’ve been saying it for a long time. You’re going to see all these guys getting broken hands and not because we’re wearing four-ounce gloves but because all these guys either don’t know how to strike or they’re throwing looping overhands. That’s a great way to get up takedowns and things like that, but when you’re throwing looping punches and hooking punches, you’re going to be more likely to break something.”
Miller said he was forced to throw more of those kind of punches due to O’Brien’s height advantage. One of those right hooks landed on O’Brien’s head, causing the break.
“Magrinho” is now 18-5, having won three of his last four fights overall. He is 7-3 in the UFC, including five submission victories.