Juliana Miller Explains What Got Her Into MMA And Gave Her A Passion For Helping Others

TUF winner Juliana Miller explains how her difficult past opened the door for her MMA Journey

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TUF 30 winner Juliana Miller wants to teach women the art of self-defense because of trouble she had in her own past. 

The newly crowned Ultimate Fighter champion Juliana Miller has been turning heads since the show began to air. She is an outspoken fun character that fans have taken to. She is always smiling and has fun with the media, but she explained in a recent interview that she was not always this way. Miller is relatively new to MMA, but now has the skills to give her all in the UFC after winning the finals of TUF and signing her new UFC contract.

“So as I started jujitsu and getting good at it, I told him that I was passionate about spreading the word to young adults and women, especially kids about learning self-defense,” She said on The MMA Hour. “And I asked him to put on a seminar. And he’s like, No way, the only fight you’re ever in, you got effed up. And I was like, okay, fair, what do you want for me? Manola was like, You need to go win three amateur MMA fights. Now we’ll let you host your women’s self-defense seminar in 10th Planet San Diego. So that was probably the biggest thing to me is like, I wanted to earn the right to be able to teach other women, this self-defense that I had changed my life.”

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Miller has a passion for helping others who are in a similar situation as she was in

Miller later alluded to the fact that she was in a domestic violence altercation that led her to depression. She decided to take up martial arts in order to be able to protect herself in the future and that led her to MMA fighting. She remains passionate about teaching people, especially women in the same situations, how to defend themselves. 

“I was not in a good relationship and there was an altercation and I just didn’t defend myself, I just didn’t know how to defend myself period. I did not defend myself and I remember I was like, nobody’s ever going to touch me like this again,” she said. “That was my big thing about getting back into MMA and then wanting to host the seminars was, you know, once women are traumatized, the majority of women are like, yeah, I’m just not gonna go out anymore. I’m fine. And me, I’m quite the opposite. I’m like, no, learn how to defend yourself. If someone grabs you, you f–king sleep this person.”

Miller secured her first UFC win on Saturday night when she defeated fellow TUF castmate, Brogan Walker, by third-round TKO to be the new TUF champ. She will now have an even larger platform to spread her message and encourage others to learn self-defense through martial arts. 

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