Cole Miller Out Of UFC Fight Night Dublin Grudge Match

Another week, another highly anticipated rivalry match in the UFC being called off. Officials from the UFC announced on Tuesday that featherweight Cole Miller tore ligaments in his right thumb and has been forced to pull out from his fight against Irish phenom Conor McGregor due to the injury.

Miller (21-8) and McGregor (14-2) have been going at it against each other since late-2013, and their grudge was expected to be settled in the main event for the UFC’s return to Dublin, Ireland for the first time since 2009. The feud begin with Miller calling out the Irish prospect, referring to him as “Colin McGoober.” The two exchanged a memorable trash-talk exchange on The MMA Hour podcast, which McGregor labeled Miller as a “jobber” and insisted the American thank him for elevating him into a main event:

In an interview with, Miller acknowledged that the injury is in the same hand he hurt back in January, but does not feel the current injury is related to the first one. He also said he is only allowed to do cardio for training at the moment, and cannot make a fist due to the injury.

But Miller also promised in the interview that he still plans to fight McGregor in the future and settle the feud.

Replacing Miller in the main event will be Diego Brandao (22-9), who hopes to turn around his luck after both missing weight and losing to Dustin Poirier at UFC 168 in December 2013. The former winner of The Ultimate Fighter season 14 is 4-2 in his UFC career, and should still be able to generate plenty of buzz for the main event in Dublin.

UFC Fight Night Dublin is scheduled for July 19 at the O2 Arena and can be seen on UFC Fight Pass.



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