Cole Miller expects to face Conor McGregor in Ireland on July 19
APR 02, 2014 7:39p ET
The UFC's upcoming return to Ireland will likely feature Dublin's favorite son in his return fight from a knee injury as Conor McGregor is expected to face Cole Miller on the card if he can leap over one final hurdle.
According to a report on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, Miller has already been told about the potential fight for July 19, but has not been given a contract for the fight just yet.
The reason for the hold up is McGregor's knee, which was surgically repaired last year after he suffered a torn ACL during his bout with Max Holloway in August 2013. Doctors still need to check McGregor out one more time before he can officially be cleared to return to action and once that happens expect the UFC to move swiftly to make their fight official.
McGregor's knee was operated on by the same surgeon who handled Georges St-Pierre's ACL surgery in 2011, and they followed a similar rehabilitation program as well. Currently, McGregor is back home in Ireland already back in training just waiting on the word for his final doctor's appointment so he can schedule his return to the Octagon.
If everything goes well, McGregor is expected to face Miller in a featured bout on the Ireland card and possibly even the main event depending on how things shake out for the upcoming show. McGregor has become a rock star in his home country since signing with the UFC, and he would undoubtedly relish the chance to headline a show in Ireland.
Now it's just a matter of time for McGregor to get cleared and then he can start his preparation for a fight against Miller in July.