Cole Miller proclaimed that Conor McGregor has been training to cope with his jiu-jitsu prowess, ahead of their fight at UFC Dublin. Miller remarked that the Irishman knows his own ground game is weak and he’s been taking steps to rectify it, speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball.
“That’s why he’s going to Iceland to train with Gunnar Nelson. If he thought that his ground game was all cool he’d just be chillin’ training in Ireland. Right?”
The stumped presenter responded, “I’m not sure” but Miller was adamant that McGregor’s sessions with the highly rated Icelandic welterweight was to fix the problems he has on the mat.
“Think about it for a second. He is going to train with the continent’s best Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Do you think he’s going in there to learn how to beat me on the ground?
Do you think he’s training with Gunnar to learn all the ways to submit me? No, he’s going there to learn how to survive.”
McGregor is renowned for his ability to talk trash to promote fights. In a recent interview on the MMA Hour, McGregor went all out insulting Miller and undermining his abilities as a fighter. Miller confessed that the Dubliner’s comments did not bother him.
“If you look at the first interview I think I was getting under his skin. He kept repeating himself over and over and kept getting louder and louder because I was bringing up valid points which shut down everything that he said. He was the one getting frustrated.”
“The only thing that was getting under my skin was the special treatment he was getting. As far as what he said, I mean, he has to put on this bravado because he’s a small man on the inside.
He’s what I call a mental midget. He’s a guy who has to put up this front that he’s this great thing to try to convince other people that he’s great.”
“This will be my 43rd mixed martial arts fight. Forty-three fights. I’m not a stranger to anyone talking badly about me,” he reiterated.
When Miller steps into the Octagon on July 19, he faces the prospect of being the enemy to an arena packed with vociferous McGregor fans. He admitted that he has prepared for this in his training camp.
“You’re going to have to think about being in that environment. Are you going to let the crowd get to you? Are you going to let their influence take over during the fight? That’s something to consider. That’s something that I’ve already considered. I already added it to my mental preparation. I don’t think I could fully imagine how loud that arena will be but I’m doing my best with it.”
Despite all of McGregor’s confidence in being triumphant in Dublin, Miller still feels he can cause an upset by defeating the home favourite.
“You guys name one guy that he’s fought that’s a better striker than me. I have dropped five guys in the UFC. Sent them down to the canvas. He has not faced anybody that’s a better striker than me. He’s not a better wrestler than me or a better grappler than me.”
“I’m sure he’s quick. I’m sure I’m slow. I admitted it. I have been slower than everybody I have fought. I am weaker than everybody i have fought. I have been less agile, less explosive than everybody I have fought in the UFC. How do I have 10 wins? Because I’m better than those guys that I fought.”
UFC Fight Night 46: McGregor vs. Miller takes place on Saturday July 19 from the O2 Arena in Dublin.
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