Ireland’s Conor McGregor is expected to be making his return to the UFC this July 19th in Dublin.
On the night, and in an as of yet to be announced card, McGregor will take on fellow featherweight Cole Miller.
The fight will mark McGregor’s first since August of last year, when he beat Max Holloway in Boston at “UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen.” On the night, McGregor showed great form and won a unanimous decision victory. However, in doing so, “Notorious” wound up tearing his left ACL and resultantly, would require surgery and (now) seven months of rehab.
As it stands, the fight is a go pending one more knee check-up and a final clearance from McGregor’s doctor.
UFC Tonight reported this evening, that if the fashionable Irishman is “cleared for sparring” by his physician – the date for the appointment was not disclosed – that the contract for his summer bout with Miller should be expected thereafter. Regarding his current state, McGregor is apparently healthy and already back to training, and simply awaiting the final ‘yes’ from his doctor in order to be able to take the fight:
Conor McGregor has one last doctor's appointment. If cleared for sparring, expect Cole Miller vs. Conor McGregor to be made official.— UFC Tonight (@UFCTonight) April 2, 2014
McGregor’s bout with Miller will stand “Notorious’s” 14 – 2 (2 – 0 UFC) record against “Magrinho’s” 10 – 6 in the brand; 3 – 3 at featherweight. Coming into the match, McGregor is ranked number 14 in the division and been calling out everyone above him. As an unranked fighter, this is Miller’s chance to cull a win over a division rival with a lot of hype behind him, and not only steal his thunder, but his top-fifteen ranking, as well.
In terms of where it might sit on the Dublin card, it would be hard to see this match as anything less than a co-main event.
Either way and regardless of where it’s placed, McGregor vs. Miller should be a great fight.