Cole Miller played baseball at Mount De Sales academy.
Five years after graduation (class of 2002), he was a UFC fighter. Miller's path to to the octagon started in, of all places, a bagel shop.
"I was in college. I was done with my baseball career. I was trying to find something that was for myself," said Miller "I was working at the Bagel Bakery back then on Forsyth [Road]. A buddy of mine came in and he had two black eyes. He graduated at Mount de Sales a couple years ahead of me. I said, 'What Happened to you?' And he said, 'I train mixed martial arts.' And I just went to do it just to have a hobby."
Miller turned that hobby into a career. Since signing with American Top Team in 2007, the Macon native has posted an 11-5 record, including a victory at Gwinnett's "Fight Night 35," last Wednesday.
"The second round I had him figured out, and I was able to score a couple right hands, one of which dropped him. I was able to finish the fight with a choke after I dropped him."
Miller enters the cage for two to three fights a year. He broke his hand in the victory at Gwinnett, and expects to be back in action this summer after some recovery time.