UFC Dublin Loses Conor McGregor vs. Cole Miller Grudge Match Due to Injury

June 3, 2014
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Conor McGregorThe highly anticipated grudge match between Conor McGregor and Cole Miller has been nixed.

UFC officials announced on Tuesday that Miller had to withdraw from the bout due to tearing ligaments in his thumb during training. He is apparently now in a full cast.

Moving swiftly, the UFC enlisted Diego Brandao to take Miller’s place.

“Diego Brandao is explosive and a well-rounded fighter. This should be a war,” said UFC president Dana White.

McGregor (14-2) shot into the limelight after an impressive debut at UFC Stockholm: Latifi vs. Mousasi in early 2013 and followed that up with a second consecutive victory in the Octagon later that year.

He since suffered an ACL tear, which has kept him sidelined for the better part of the past year, but recently gained clearance to headline the show in his home country.

Brandao (18-9) recently had to withdraw from The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3 Finale due to an undisclosed injury, but apparently will be ready to go by the time UFC Dublin takes place on July 19.

He enters the fight with McGregor coming off of a knockout loss to Dustin Poirier, which ended a three-fight winning streak.

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  • shakejunt

    sorry to hear cole is hurt, but this is a much better fight anyway. diego’s aggression and bjj credentials make this very intriguing as mcgregor’s only losses have come via submission.

    • ED209

      lol because Cole Miller doesn’t have any bjj credentials…

      • Truthcore

        lol, Cole is definitely the bigger threat on the ground, but i do agree that this may be a more exciting fight. If Brandao wins, it won’t be by submission.

      • shakejunt

        cole’s bjj game is legit, but he has minimal ways of getting it to the ground because his striking leaves so much to be desired. diego has a better balance, i think.

  • Darin

    Dang, two guys I’d love to see lose. This will be both tough and satisfying to watch.

  • Sefton

    “He enters the fight with McGregor coming off of a knockout loss to Dustin Poirier” you see, this is clearly where punctuation is needed!

  • Martin Devaney

    gotta love those ears looks like there been tysoned haha

  • Seth

    “The highly anticipated grudge match between Conor McGregor and Cole Miller has been nixed.” lol? How was that produced-WWE-like drama “highly anticipated”? You have to be on equal IQ level as Wandarlei to “highly anticipate” that fight…It just get better without Miller there.

    • Bucket of Chicken

      Keep aiming high and you’ll eventually reach that IQ level.

      • Alex’sMom

        No I agree. Highly anticipated fight would be something like DC vs JBJ or Weidman vs Machida.

        Connor Mcgregor is even ranked?

      • Seth

        Seriously, do you give a f about Miller/McGregor? I enjoy watching Conor, but his so-called “beef” with Miller only made this fight silly and pathetic.

        • Bucket of Chicken

          It’s a free card. Nothing to bitch and cry about.

          • Seth

            I don’t. I just say its not highly anticipated fight.

          • Bucket of Chicken

            Wah wah wah. Typical fan boy gibberish.

          • Seth

            fanboy? Wrong word, im not fan of those two (three if you want to count Diego), so yeah – you get it right, man.

  • Johnny Lopes

    This is definitely a better fight… anyone who knows Connor and Diego will know Connor actually tweeted during the Brandao v Poirer fight and was commentin on how he wanted to fight them bad… this fight is interesting, Cole just got a new deal and backed out, on some coward stuff… Connor is the future FW champ