Irish phenom and UFC featherweight Conor McGregor has made a big impression since joining the promotion-not only by scoring a great knockout over Marcus Brimage and beating Max Holloway while injured, but by putting himself up there with Chael Sonnen and Jon Jones in the list of greatest MMA trolls. (Sorry Entity, McGregor knocked you out of the top three).

Beefs with Diego Sanchez, Cub Swanson, and new UFC Fight Night 46 opponent Cole Miller have really helped to put ‘The Notorious’ on the map. Miller called out ‘Colin McGruber’ in hilarious fashion after defeating Andy Ogle at Fight Night 30, and now the two will headline the Dublin event in July. Speaking with UFC Tonight, McGregor made his feelings towards Miller clear once again:

“That man opened his mouth,” McGregor said. “He was under the influence of post-fight adrenaline. It has the same affect as alcohol. It makes you brave. He spoke with bravery, but guess what happened? It wore off. Now he’s faced with the reality that he’s going to face me July 19. Me coming back from this injury is a man possessed. I’m going to go in there, and I’m going to break him in the very first exchange.”

McGregor entered the UFC with a ton of hype behind him, and it’s hard to argue against his performances thus far, but he would be well advised to not overlook any fighter at this level. Call outs of Jose Aldo and the top five at featherweight may have been a little early, but you also have to admire the guy’s confidence.

“The knee to me is a distant memory,” McGregor said. “I’m done talking about the knee. I’ve spoke about it a long, long time. I am done now. I got the all-clear, and somebody is going to pay. First in line is Cole Miller, July 19 in my hometown in Dublin. I’ve been listening to everybody calling me out and saying this and saying that, and I’ve been forced to sit on the sideline,” McGregor said. “Now I’m back. Now I’m going to rip through him. I’m going to stomp Cole. Whoever’s next – Cub? I’ll break Cub. I’ll embarrass Chad. I’ll annihilate Jose.

“I’m coming to take over the division. It’s my division.”

That’s about the boldest statement I’ve heard from a fighter this year, apart from the Davis-Jones ‘cookie’ saga, but I’ve always felt that McGregor is a legit beast. Having followed MMA and C-McG’s career for a long time, I’d be lying if I said I was on the fence about the Dublin bad boy. Although he has the raw talent, and gift of the gab, featherweight is a very tough division.

At some point, the pivotal match that McGregor seeks will come, and he will truly have to walk the walk. After all the talking is done, will ‘The Notorious’ make it to the title?

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