After taking a decision win over Andy Ogle on Saturday night, Cole Miller grabbed headlines when he used his post-fight speech to go after âEuropean fightersâ and their alleged inability to challenge him.
Miller name-checked Ross Pearson, one of the European fighters he has beaten, but his real target was âColin McGooberâ - the Irish featherweight Conor McGregor.
Fighters Only caught up with Miller at his hotel post-fight to get some further clarification on the beef with McGregor. Over a well-earned pint of Guinness - ironically, brewed in McGregorâs home city of Dublin - Miller explained why the Irishman is in his sights.
âI am not trying to say he is a bad fighter or anything like that, Iâm just saying that he canât 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,â he said, referring to an infamous recent Twitter post of McGregorâs.
âThose guys are top ten guys. Iâm not gonna sit back and let somebody do that. Youâve got a decision win over a 21-year-old kid. Iâve got nine wins in the UFC, fifteen fights. Iâm tested. You donât deserve to just walk past everybody and go to the top of the line. I think thatâs disgusting.
âIâm American Top Team, you donât 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 youâre on that level? Talking about how great he is - you didnât finish a 21-year-old with eight MMA fights. Get out of here dude.
âSo I am just trying to jump in there and say to the guy look, you might be all that but you gotta prove it. Iâm right here, come and prove it to me.â
Miller isnât slow; he understands that the UFC is getting behind McGregor in a big way because he is so marketable in so many aspects. But he clearly resents the high-profile favorable treatment that McGregor has been receiving.
Just two fights into his UFC career McGregor - who has stopped Marcus Brimage and decisioned Max Holloway after suffering a torn ACL mid-fight - has been elevated to the MMA stratosphere occupied by the likes of Ronda Rousey and Michael Bisping.
âThe UFC is trying to buy a country, get all these fans in Ireland and theyâve got a good fighter in Conor McGregor, everybody is behind him so theyâve turned him into a show-pony. You see him everywhere, they fly him out to every event, you see him there looking all GQ,â says Miller.
âI mean I donât think heâs 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 donât deserve to be fighting a top ten guy after not finishing a 21-year-old kid.â
Speaking of finishes, Miller says he is confident he would be able to put McGregor away inside the distance. McGregor has two career losses, both from early in his career, but he has never been stopped or put down by strikes.
âYou know what Iâm after next - Conor McGregor,â Miller says. âIâm confident of stopping everybody. Iâve got a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Iâve sat three guys down in the cage with punches or kicks, Iâve got three Submission of the Nights. Iâve got a Knockout of the Night.
âI am confident that I have the finishing abilities and skills that, any given point of the fight, I can end it. Iâm healthy, I donât have any injuries, Iâm here to work. Keep me busy.â
Millerâs reference to âEuropeansâ got him booed out of the Octagon after the fight. Was he deliberately trying to insult the audience in attendance. âSome of my favorite fighters are European - Paul Kelly, Michael Bisping is a good fighter. And Terry Etim is one of my favorite guys to watch. I have nothing against European fighters I was just saying that Ross Pearson couldnât do it.
âIts just me saying âhey these guys couldnât do it, whereâs the European fighter that can?â Its not Conor McGregor,â says Miller.
The Clown Sweep
Miller got a lot of plaudits for this sequence during the fight, sweeping Andy Ogle and then transitioning into an armbar.
âI call that a Clown Sweep, because you clown a guy when you do that. I hit that in training all the time. I do a lot of seminars and I show that all the time. You can bait it and you can force it. Two different waysâŠ book me for a seminar and I will show youâ
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