The international influence on not only the Ultimate Fighting Championship but all mixed martial arts organizations has always been evident. A Brazilian by the name of Royce Gracie (maybe you have heard of him) proved dominant at the very first UFC back in November 1993. Immediately following that win, Jiu-Jitsu schools started popping up everywhere and “Gracie” became a household name.
Then little more than ten years later, Michael Bisping became the UFC’s “golden ticket” in the United Kingdom.
Today, an Irish born fighter by the name of Conor McGregor is making headlines with his brash talk and the skill set to back it up. McGregor is currently out on the most expensive UFC tour in the history of their organization as he promotes his upcoming title bout against featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
On the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter a Scottish female named Joanne Calderwood captured the hearts and minds of viewers everywhere with her calm voice and heavy hands.
But where do these stars come from? How do they get noticed and rise up to stardom?
They build their brand.
After just one amateur bout in which Miller knocked his opponent out with a knee to the face, he decided it was time to go pro.
He states that a friend invited him to a gym and that’s how his passion for the sport began.
“I have never looked back,” Miller said.
Now he has 11 wins, six losses and two draws to his credit to include fights in Thailand but says “The addiction is just amazing but the pain after the fight is murder.”
While he has never had a mixed martial arts bout, Miller does not rule it out.
Andrew Miller to MMA?
“I would love to try a fight in MMA one day,” he said.
Miller currently trains at Colosseum Gym in a small town called Cumbernauld just outside Glasgow.