Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight Conor McGregor will finally make his return to the Octagon, after going under the knife to repair a bum knee following a pair of wins over Marcus Brimage at UFC on FUEL TV 9 and Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26.
Is he the real deal?
We may find out when the promotion returns to Dublin, Ireland, on July 19, 2014, as "Notorious" is the likely candidate to headline what is expected to be a "Fight Night" event in his native land. And who better to face him than 145-pound nemesis, Cole Miller.
From his conversation with Severe MMA:
"I wanted to fight on the Independence Day weekend card in Las Vegas, that's something that I really wanted, but fighting on UFC card in Dublin is a dream come true and I don't give a shit who they put in front of me, I will run through anyone. They're saying Cole Miller are they? It probably is him. I haven't heard anything, I'm sure I'll know as soon as I check my emails, but that sounds alright to me."
UK reporter Callum Leslie first brought word of the potential pairing on Thursday.
Miller has been critical of the way McGregor has been hyped up following his 2013 debut, labeling him an overrated "show pony," who was being strung along to help the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion "buy a country" (Ireland).
"Notorious" responded by offering to sponsor "Magrinho's" next prelims fight.
There is clearly some bad blood here and with Diego Sanchez busy doing his own thing and Cub Swanson expecting a shot at the division title, McGregor vs. Miller is a fight that makes sense; however, nothing is official at this time.