'The Notorious' Conor McGregor looks certain to face American fighter Cole Miller in a featherweight contest in the Octagon when the UFC rolls into Dublin on July 19th.
McGregor will have to receive medical clearance for the bout to be made official after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during his victory over Hawaiian fighter Max Holloway last August. The 25-year-old has an appointment with a specialist in Los Angeles next week, at which point it is expected he will be cleared to fight and the contest with Miller will be made official.
Florida native Cole Miller (21-8) has been angling for a matchup with McGregor since the Irishman exploded on the UFC scene a year ago. He has assembled a 10-6 record with the UFC since competing as a cast-member in the fifth series of The Ultimate Fighter back in 2007 and is known for his slick submission game and solid boxing technique.
Miller called out McGregor after his own victory over England's Andy Ogle last October, saying that he was going after European fighters and, particularly, McGregor. The two have been going back on forth on social media ever since.
It is not yet known if this bout will serve as a main event on the UFC Dublin card but, whichever way it turns out, you can expect a deafening ovation for Ireland's Mixed Martial Arts hero when he walks to the cage in Dublin this summer, dragging the UFC back to Ireland - just like he promised he would.