‘Notorious’ Conor McGregor has now got a date for his return to the Octagon, and will fight a man who has called him out on several occasions, Cole Miller. The fight will, as expected, headline the UFC’s return to Dublin, Ireland, which is a predictable announcement considering McGregor was the man who rallied the promotion into making the highly awaited return to the city which many consider to be the fight capital of the world.
Conor McGregor has been a revelation since signing for the UFC, going 2-0 with impressive wins over Marcus Brimage and Max Holloway, and gathering a large following. At just 25 years of age, McGregor has a bright future ahead of him, though a torn ACL halted his progress. Now, ‘Notorious’ is eager to make his return, and fights a man who has pulled a nerve or two in Cole Miller. The fight takes place on July 19 at The O2 in Dublin.
With each interview gone by, McGregor has become increasingly popular and is now one of the biggest draws that the UFC has at their disposal. This means it is no surprise to see the featherweight headline the Ireland card, despite fighting just twice – with both taking place on the undercard of each respected event. If the Irish fan favourite can dispose of Cole Miller in his return from an almost year long layoff, expect a short track to the title for McGregor.
Cole Miller is no easy opponent for the 14-2 McGregor, and the American has racked up some impressive wins in his career. 21-8 as a professional, Miller competed on the TUF 5 season, though ultimately fell short at the quarter finals of the competition. Since featuring on the reality show, ‘Magrinho’ has compiled a 10-6 record in the UFC and has gone 3-3 since moving down to featherweight.
With Miller winning two in a row at 145lbs, the second of which being a Submission of the Night over Sam Sicillia, he will be a tough test for the returning McGregor. Ryan LaFlare vs. Gunnar Nelson was also announced for the card yesterday.