McGregor promised Poirier prize
Irish featherweight superstar Conor McGregor has been promised a match-up with Dustin Poirier, as long as he comes through his upcoming main event bout against Cole Miller in Dublin. McGregor will make his long-awaited return from knee surgery in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46 in front of his home fans, and the Irishman has now been told a fight against the number six ranked featherweight will be his if he can beat Poirier's ATT team-mate on July 19.
Poirier hasn't fought since his second round TKO victory over Akiri Corassani in April, the 25-year old's third straight win, taking the American's UFC record to 8-2. The American Top Team member has been one of a number of top featherweights targeted by McGregor since the Irishman burst on the scene last year, earning the nickname “Peahead” from the outspoken Irish star.
Currently ranked number 13, McGregor will earn his first shot at a top-10 fighter if he can take out the experienced Cole Miller, in a fight he will start as the firm Betfair favourite. Miller, a Jiu-Jitsu black-belt, called out McGregor after beating Englishman Andy Ogle in Manchester last year, and the 16-fight UFC veteran now has the chance to take out one of the division's top scalps.
While Miller has shown during his time in the UFC that he is one of the most dangerous featherweights on the ground, Betfair fans clearly believe McGregor will have too much for the American in front of a packed O2 Arena in Dublin. Despite having 14 less UFC fights than his opponent, McGregor has shown in his two appearances inside the Octagon that he has everything to be a star in this division.
With Dana White making no secret over his admiration for McGregor, the Irishman could well be two wins away from earning a shot against champion Jose Aldo. But before thoughts of taking on the Brazilian king, the division's hottest prospect will need to prove he really is the real deal.