‘TUF 30’ winner Juliana Miller explains inspiration for crotch-chopping opponent Brogan Walker

LAS VEGAS — Juliana Miller's first move as the 'Ultimate Fighter' season 30 winner was to punch her opponent Brogan Walker in the crotch before referee Keith Peterson pushed her away.
The move came after a third-round submission and was the result of a culmination of factors, Miller (3-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said at a press conference Saturday after UFC on ESPN 40. Sure, she felt off Walker disrespected (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) mean mugging and trash talk. Additionally, a love of pro wrestling was the catalyst for Miller's MMA career — and is even in her bloodline.
"So the thing is, my grandma, when she moved here from Brazil, she didn't speak English," Miller told MMA Junkie and other reporters. “She learned English from TV shows. … Pretty much, I was raised by her from 6 months to 5 years. When she first started learning English, she said she loves wrestling because she doesn't need to understand the words to see what happens. It was all through the action. Honestly, when I joined my team, I thought, "I want to be a pro wrestler someday." My coaches said, "Let's give you a chance and see how you do."
"I ended up loving it, but that pro wrestling spirit will live with me forever. I just find it exciting to do a show. More than anything, the "shit" was just because she was sitting up here at the same table and decided to say that she was going to give me the chills. It felt good to stand over her and say, 'Now look at you.'"
Miller earned a multifight UFC deal by winning the TUF 30 tournament. Miller was training in the San Diego area and was considering asking for a fight at the UFC on Saturday on ESPN 41. She decided against it, but remains poised to make a quick turnaround at a later date.
"Depending on availablity. I was afraid I'd come out of here damaged, but I'm fine," Miller said. “I was going to say San Diego but my coaches are going to corner my teammate Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in her fight against Bellator (284). Really, it just depends on what's possible. I think now I want to go eat some cookies, enjoy myself and hopefully have a few opportunities to get back in the cage. I'm unhurt so really as long as I have a little bit of time to prepare with my incredible team and coaches I'm thrilled and ready to be back.
Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie

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