Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Cole Miller: -185
Sam Sicilia: +150
Coming off of rebound wins, Miller and Sicilia will both be looking to get some momentum going at UFC Fight Night 35.
A former lightweight, Miller has been slow to get started at 145 pounds. The lanky featherweight has not won back-to-back fights since moving weight classes and is without consecutive UFC wins since submitting Ross Pearson in September 2010.
Following a win over Cristiano Marcello in his UFC debut, Sicilia lost two straight fights and found himself battling for his roster spot at UFC Fight Night 32 in November. In stopping Godofredo Pepey, though, Sicilia ensured himself a few more appearances inside the Octagon.
While Miller isn't the best striker, his chin and six-inch reach advantage could frustrate Sicilia. Having a tendency to throw haymakers, Sicilia can be beaten with the jab and could have trouble hurting Miller, who hasn't been knocked out in over four years.
Considering his opponent has 14 submission wins, Sicilia may decide to avoid going to the ground. While he's super dangerous on the canvas, Miller isn't great at taking his foes down. Inside the Octagon, "Magrinho" has only been successful on 29 percent of his takedown attempts.
Still, Miller should be able to avoid Sicilia's power, should he have to stand.
That makes him a worthy favorite in this matchup, and one who can walk away with a decision win without having many opportunities to work his submissions.
Miller defeats Sicilia by decision.