Conor McGregor is back and ready to take over the UFC’s Featherweight division. After a year long injury layoff due to a torn ACL, McGregor will take on UFC veteran Cole Miller in the main event of UFC Dublin on July 19th.
Although the fight is not for another 10 weeks, McGregor and Miller have been firing shots at one another since the announcement was made by the UFC.
Yesterday, both McGregor and Miller joined Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour to engage in verbal warfare prior to their actual fight in July. McGregor wanted Miller to thank him for giving him a main event slot while Miller assured McGregor that he will be submitted in the very first grappling exchange.
Miller grew tired of McGregor’s repeated insults and ultimately left the call with one last witty comment. During the few minutes that McGregor was still on the line, Helwani asked McGregor to break down how he sees the next several months going.
During his explanation, McGregor said that he envisions himself holding the title at the end of the year, and that he probably should be fighting someone else in Dublin in July:
Dustin [Poirier] is the guy that I probably should be fighting realistically. Cole has spoke about how I have blasted his teammates and how I should fight him before I earn a shot to fight these guys.
McGregor/Poirier should have been on that end of year card when Diego Brandao fought Poirier.
If McGregor does run through Miller like he envisions, it is plausible that he would fight Dustin Poirier in a #1 contender’s bout later this year.