Cole Miller touched off the rivalry when he made a point of calling Conor McGregor out after his victory over Andy Ogle at UFC Fight Night 30 back in October. He even went so far as to say that the UFC was "trying to buy" Ireland with their promotion of McGregor. At the time, McGregor was still in the early stages of injury recovery from a torn ACL. That didn't stop the Irishman from returning fire however, saying that he'd be "Sponsoring [Miller's] 16th Facebook fight." It hasn't been exactly boiling over since then. Miller has since fought and beat Sam Sicilia, and McGregor is still injured, but the two fighters have kept their interest in the bout.
Now, as McGregor's return date nears, and Miller is sidelined for a month or two with a broken hand, the UFC is jumping on board with the idea of seeing a fight between the two men. Conor McGregor spoke to MMA Junkie about the potential matchup.
"I'm going to talk to Dana and Lorenzo (Fertitta) tomorrow, and Sean Shelby, as well, and see what happens," he said this past Friday when asked about the Dublin event. "Who knows. I'll whoop Cole if they want in Dublin, no problem."
MMA Junkie also reached out to Dana White for his comments on the bout:
"It's a possibility (he'd fight Miller)," White said.
It's certainly a fight that fans are interested in and Miller would represent a serious step up for McGregor, not only in overall level of competition, but as an incredibly capable grappler. Something which many fans feel that McGregor has been able to avoid thus far in his career. UFC Fight Night Dublin is currently planned for July 19th, four months from now. So, no doubt we'll hear a lot more about this matchup before these two fighters step in the cage again.