Cole Miller is getting his grudge match against fellow UFC featherweight Conor McGregor. The matchup will headline Fight Night 46 in Dublin, Ireland. The July 19 event features the return of “Notorious” after a lengthy absence due to injury.
“Magrinho” originally made headlines at Fight Night 30 in England after defeating Andy Ogle. Miller called out the brash Irishman by stating that McGregor was over-hyped and was benefiting from an undeserved push by the organization. Not surprisingly, there’s been plenty of back-and-forth on social media since that time and Miller will now get the chance to prove his theory on McGregor’s home turf.
Miller most recently secured a second round submission victory over Sam Sicilia at Fight Night 35 in Georgia. He also showcased some impressive striking skills in that win. The lanky Miller is a dangerous ground specialist with 15 submission victories in his 21 career wins and is a veteran of 16 Octagon appearances. He’s earned a handful of bonuses for Submission and Knockout of the Night performances.
McGregor has been quick to make plenty of enemies thanks to his trash-talking ways. He’s seemingly had something negative too say about all of the top contenders and has made plenty of waves in just two UFC fights. His last appearance was a decision win over Max Holloway at Fight Night 26 in Boston where he incurred a torn ACL.
“Notorious” is known for his unorthodox striking techniques and powerful punches. He’s looked impressive in his brief Octagon tenure. His other effort was a first round stoppage of Marcus Brimage. McGregor has proven himself to be an outstanding finisher with 12 knockout victories in his 14 career wins. He came to the UFC with a ton of advance hype and is currently ranked No. 13. McGregor is currently riding an impressive 10-fight win streak.
This shapes up as a fun matchup between two fighters who have a mutual disdain for one another. Miller is looking to make his own case as a top-15 featherweight and can definitely do that if he can derail the McGregor hype train.
McGregor will be looking to make the most of his highest-profile bout so far and prove that he’s indeed a force to reckon with in the 145-pound division. There’s no doubt the Dublin native will be in for a hero’s welcome in making his UFC return on home soil.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports