According to an Oct. 27 post from Fighters Only, Cole Miller isn’t exactly buying into the hype behind Conor McGregor.
“I am not trying to say he is a bad fighter or anything like that, I’m just saying that he can’t walk into the UFC, win a decision over a 21-year-old kid like Max Holloway and then talk shit about MY team mates, American Top Team guys like Nik Lentz and Dustin Poirier,” he said, referring to a recent Twitter post of McGregor’s.
“Those guys are top ten guys. I’m not gonna sit back and let somebody do that. You’ve got a decision win over a 21-year-old kid. I’ve got nine wins in the UFC, fifteen fights. I’m tested. You don’t deserve to just walk past everybody and go to the top of the line. I think that’s disgusting.
“I’m American Top Team, you don’t want to just be talking smack about Top Team guys. Those are my team mates, Dustin Poirier and Nik Lentz, where do you get off thinking you’re on that level? Talking about how great he is – you didn’t finish a 21-year-old with eight MMA fights. Get out of here dude.
“So I am just trying to jump in there and say to the guy look, you might be all that but you gotta prove it. I’m right here, come and prove it to me.”
Miller knows McGregor is marketable, and that his impressive good looks will help fill the seats in Ireland. However, he’s not buying into the hype until he beats a legitimate top 10 fighter.
“The UFC is trying to buy a country, get all these fans in Ireland and they’ve got a good fighter in Conor McGregor, everybody is behind him so they’ve turned him into a show-pony. You see him everywhere, they fly him out to every event, you see him there looking all GQ,” says Miller.
“I mean I don’t think he’s a bad fighter or anything, I just need to see a little bit more from him so, you know, come through me. I just think you don’t deserve to be fighting a top ten guy after not finishing a 21-year-old kid.”
Miller wants the opportunity to prove he can defeat McGregor inside the UFC’s world-famous Octagon.
“You know what I’m after next – Conor McGregor,” Miller says. “I’m confident of stopping everybody. I’ve got a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I’ve sat three guys down in the cage with punches or kicks, I’ve got three Submission of the Nights. I’ve got a Knockout of the Night.
“I am confident that I have the finishing abilities and skills that, any given point of the fight, I can end it. I’m healthy, I don’t have any injuries, I’m here to work. Keep me busy.”