Cole Miller: Fans have been spoon fed McGregor by the UFC

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UFC featherweight Cole Miller recently appeared on Sherdog Radio, following Conor McGregor's win over Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 45 in Dublin, Ireland. McGregor won in the first, and said he had a vision of winning the belt this year. Miller, who had been scheduled to fight McGregor but broke his had, is not buying into the hype.

“I thought he looked pretty solid,” said Miller as transcribed by David St. Martin for MMAFighting. “It's pretty easy to look good when everything's made for you to look good. He got to fight in his home town with all those people there supporting him. He got a full camp of preparation when his opponent didn't.

“I don't think anyone can really judge Diego. He got in there and like I said, he didn't get his full camp.”

“I think when these people are spoon-fed what their opinions should be they start saying the same stuff they've already been hearing from the UFC and the brass.”

“Absolutely, I think [the UFC is] behind [McGregor]. I don't think that he's a bad thing. I'm not saying he's great for the sport but he's probably pretty good for the division. I don't think Jose Aldo is that big of a draw amongst the fighters. Everyone's always looking for the gold and he's the best, but I don't get a good vibe from fans. Nobody really wants to watch Aldo fight.”

“I think that Conor is good for the weight class. People like him or they don't like him. Whether they're going to repeat what Dana's already said about him or whether they're going to develop their own opinion. Like you said, you don't think he's ready for a top five contender yet. I think that's coming from an educated person who's been involved in mixed martial arts for over a decade, but these fans are already talking about whether he is or not. That's something we've never seen before.

“I did see something where Dana said Conor reminds him of Ronda Rousey. That's a pretty bold statement. I told my brother they're both blond. That must be it.”

Dustin Poirier called out McGregor post fight. Although there has been no confirmation from the UFC, McGregor accepted. Miller says McGregor doesn't deserve a fight with Poirier yet.

“I think Poirier's been working real hard and doing some real impressive things in the division,” said Miller. “I think he's ready for a Frankie Edgar or Swanson or Mendes. [UFC] is obviously trying to build the McGregor fight and I don't think he deserves it, but I don't think he deserves a lot of things he's gotten.”

McGregor's performance at UFN 46 was undeniably electric, and has been referred to as the birth of the featherweight division's first star, but Miller feels a lot of that was due to the hometown crowd, and won't fly worldwide.

“Definitely not,” he said. “In the post-fight speech there was stuff I couldn't hear. Not because I couldn't understand him but because the crowd was so loud. If he were over here the crowd wouldn't have been into it like it was. The walkout, the lights going black, the Irish flag popping up. That wouldn't have been able to be replicated over here.”