UFC featherweight Conor McGregor has called out basically the entire 145-pound division since arriving in the promotion in April 2013. The Irishman has been critical of the talent in the weight class and open about how he believes he’d defeat them all.
Cole Miller grabbed headlines following his UFC Fight Night 30 unanimous decision win over Andy Ogle by saying he was going after “European fighters,” and especially McGregor. The two have gone back and forth in the media and on social media every since.
Miller (21-8) has put together back-to-back wins over Ogle and Sam Sicilia in his last two outings.
McGregor (14-2) is currently riding a ten-fight winning streak. He made his UFC debut on April 6, 2013, scoring a first round knockout over Marcus Brimage. He quickly emerged as a fan favorite. In his second fight in the organization, McGregor defeated Max Holloway by unanimous decision, but tore his ACL during the fight. He’s been sidelined since August of last year recovering from knee surgery.
McGregor must be cleared by a doctor before being allowed to compete and has an appointment next week in Los Angeles to do just that. If the 25-year-old gets cleared, the fight with Miller would take place on July 19 when the UFC returns to McGregor’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland.
Miller told UFC Tonight that he has been approached about the match-up, but won’t believe it until he’s got the bout agreement in hand.