Heading into his scrap tonight with Beneil Dariush, Jim Miller let it be known that he’d “love” to fight Conor McGregor, if and when “Notorious” decides to jump up to lightweight.
As you may know, McGregor has been talking about making a run in the UFC’s lightweight division for some time, and recently he even said would cruise through champ Rafael dos Anjos. McGregor has competed at 155 in the past, and held Cage Warriors lightweight and featherweight titles at one juncture.
Well, recently Miller spoke to Bloody Elbow.com, and the perennial lightweight contender was asked for his thoughts on McGregor. Miller acknowledged that the brash fighter is very “talented”, and noted that McGregor’s “number one”, in terms of selling tickets. No arguments here. But as far as McGregor’s desire to move to 155, the New Jersey fighter stated:
“I don’t think moving up to lightweight would be a very good option for him, to be honest. That said, it would definitely be a fight that would interest me. Like I said, I think he’s a talented guy, but he has to get past Aldo first, and I don’t see that happening either. I’d love the opportunity to fight him, but it would have to be at lightweight, because I’m sure not built for 145 any more [laughs].”
Miller isn’t the first fighter to say McGregor should stay at 145–dos Anjos offered the same ‘advice’–and he’s also not the first to predict that Jose Aldo will remain featherweight champ at UFC 189.
Now, all this McGregor talk aside, Miller has a tough fight ahead of him today. Dariush isn’t a top 15 ranked lightweight just yet, but he’s one three straight and has looked very good while doing so. Miller, on the other hand, is looking to rebound from a stoppage loss to Donald Cerrone last July.
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