Long rumored, a featherweight contender matchup between Cole Miller and Conor McGregor has officially been announced by the UFC as the July 19 Dublin card main event.
McGregor has won his first two UFC bouts and last ten, overall. Miller has won three out of his last four fights, including his last two.
When Cagewriter last spoke with Miller about he and McGregor's feud, the American Top Team fighter wasn't even cleared to resume training after injuring his hand. McGregor himself will be returning after a long lay-off because of a torn ACL.
Miller tells us today, however, that he's healthy and ready to go. "I got cleared a few weeks back," he says.
It took a great deal of prodding from Miller but he finally got this fight, which he had taunted McGregor to get for some time. However, Miller will have to fight the charismatic Irish star on his home turf.
"People keep saying I'm going to fight on his home turf. I've [expletive] fought eighteen times in the UFC Octagon - Sixteen UFC fights and two on The Ultimate Fighter," Miller counters.
"The way I see it, it will be more my home than his. I think he's going to feel that once the door closes."
After the UFC announced the fight, McGregor said in an interview that he isn't going to show Miller any mercy. That's fine with "Magrinho."
"I won't show him any mercy, so I wouldn’t expect him to show me any," Miller says flatly.
Beyond all the bluster and money-making trash talk, Miller simply likes the matchup between he and McGregor. In addition to experience, Miller believes he'll have the advantage in size, strength and technique.
"I like the matchup because, well, I’m a lot bigger than he is, for one," the 30 year-old says.
"I’m going to be a lot stronger than he is. On the ground, he will probably never, in his lifeteime, be as good as I am on the floor as I am at this point.The moment it hits the floor, he’s going to be [expletive]. All this training he's doing with ADCC vet Gunnar Nelson isn't going to help him. I'm the best ground fighter that he has ever been in the cage with.
"I'm also the best striker he's ever been in the cage with. I'm really not seeing a whole lot of possibilities for him."