'AXE' TARGETS A PRIZED SCALP; City-trained Ogle aims to cut American Miller down to size on Fight Night.
ANDY OGLE wants to prove that nice guys don't always have to finish last - starting with a win over veteran Cole Miller at UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester on October 26.
Ogle, 24, features on the night's preliminary card and looks to build on an impressive victory over Josh Grispi at Wembley Arena earlier this year. That was his second UFC fight after an appearance on The Ultimate Fighter Live, and both fights had one similarity - Ogle was the underdog.
The 9-2 fighter, who trains at Team Kaobon in Wavertree, believes that his underdog status might have something to do with his good nature.
He said: "Maybe it's because I'm polite with a nice smile. I don't know why it is. I don't like to run my mouth or make big promises before fights. I don't like to talk smack but I won't be pushed to one side because of that.
"I will let my actions speak louder than my words, and you will see my actions on October 26."
Indeed, in a sport which features a lot of promises of violence before fights, this is about as hostile Ogle gets towards his opponent during the whole interview. That respectful attitude has seen Ogle, nicknamed "The Little Axe," gain lot of fans, if not floods of bets at the bookmakers.
"Cole Miller is a very dangerous fighter," he continued.
"He has been in a lot of fights and is very experienced.
"He is dropping down from the lightweight division and he's a big guy. Nobody likes making weight and I find it tough at my size so I can only begin to imagine how he feels.
"So hopefully I can push the pace and see how he performs whilst under pressure for three rounds."
American Miller, 19-8, is a tall rangy fighter with a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Despite his pedigree Miller tends to suffer from inconsistency and Ogle believes he has the perfect training partners at Team Kaobon to help him get the victory.
He said: "I've got the best training partner for him, (UFC veteran) Terry Etim. They have the same build but I think Terry's stand up is far better. We are all training hard and have fights coming up so it pushes you to be better.
"I think I'll owe Terry a couple of pints if I win."
There will be plenty in the home crowd who will be cheering Ogle on to victory, and he believes that, despite injuries which ruled him out of a previously planned bout in August, the opportunity to fight in Manchester was not one he could miss.
"I was upset I had to pull out of that fight," he explained. "I had a staph infection and it's really frustrating. But I believe in fate and I think everything happens for a reason. I can't wait to fight in the MEN Arena and it's another place to tick off my list.
"I love the home fans because the fans here and the real diehard ones who stay up to 3am to watch the shows when they are in the USA, so when it arrives here it's crazy and the arena goes beserk."
Indeed, at Wembley in February Ogle found himself in a precarious position in the opening round of his fight with Grispi. His opponent had locked up a guillotine choke but those fans, and a sprinkle of pride, kept Ogle in the fight.
He said: "I think I was just saying to myself, this is not going to happen in front of my home crowd. People have come here for me and I don't want to lose. So the crowd definitely helped."
Ogle will be in need of them again later this month as "The Little Axe" continues to carve his way through the UFC's featherweight division - all with a smile on his face, of course.
UFC Fight Night 30 takes place on Saturday 26th October. Tickets are available through ticketmaster and the event will be shown live on BT Sport. It is headline my a bout between Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida and Mark Munoz.
PACKING A PUNCH: Andy Ogle, second right, alongside his Team Kaboom teammate Terry Etim, meets Sylvain Distin and Tim Howard