Undefeated and controversial "The Ultimate Fighter 8" cast member Junie Browning (3-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) appears the likely opponent for American Top Team's Cole Miller (14-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 18.
Sources close to the bout confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) late Wednesday night that both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest. Bout agreements have not yet been signed.
Though not yet officially announced by the organization, UFC Fight Night 18 is expected to take place April 1, most likely in Nashville, Tenn.
MMAjunkie.com first reported the potential of Miller's involvement in the event on Wednesday. The 24-year-old, who last fought in July 2008, will be looking for his sixth victory in his past seven bouts.
Browning, the center of several controversial moments from the most recent season of "The Ultimate Fighter," will be making his second official appearance for the UFC.
The 24-year-old competed in three fights on "The Ultimate Fighter." Considered exhibition bouts by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Browning went 2-1 with wins over Jose Aguilar and Roli Delgado before falling to eventual season winner Efrain Escudero.
After his well-documented, trouble-filled stint on the UFC's Spike TV-broadcast reality series, Browning relocated to Las Vegas and began training with the famed Xtreme Couture camp. The results were impressive in the Kentucky-native's first outing, as Browning earned a second-round submission win -- and a $25,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus -- over David Kaplan at the "TUF 8" finale.
For the latest on UFC Fight Night 18, which will serve as a lead-in for "The Ultimate Fighter 9: U.S. vs. U.K.," check out the UFC Rumors section of MMAjunkie.com.