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Miller submits Pearson to kick off Ultimate Fight Night 22

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Jiu-jitsu specialist Cole Miller won by a rear naked choke at Ultimate Fight Night 22 in Austin, Texas on Wednesday night. Miller beat Ross Pearson, a winner of "The Ultimate Fighter," at 1:49 in the second round.

Pearson proved difficult to take down early in the first. When Miller grabbed a leg for a takedown, he had a hard time pushing Pearson to the ground and keeping him there. With everything Miller threw, Pearson survived and usually countered.

In the second round, Pearson came out swinging, knocking Miller to the ground, but Miller recovered quickly. He wobbled Pearson with a knee to the chest, then followed up with a series of punches. As soon as Pearson was on the ground, Miller jumped on his back, quickly secured a rear-naked choke, and forced Pearson to tap.

Miller said after the fight that he knew he wanted to finish.

"I see all these wrestlers, point-fighting strikers and lay and pray jiu-jitsu guys all trying to do the same thing, and they just control the clock. This ain't football," Miller said after the bout.

Both Pearson and Miller are veterans of TUF. This is Miller's second win in a row. He defeated Dany Lauzon at UFC 108. Pearson suffered his first loss in the UFC after earning three wins in the Octagon.

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