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Conor McGregor does not 'deserve a lot of things he's gotten', taunts Cole Miller
The American says the only way the Irish fighter is similar to Ronda Rousey is that both have blonde hair.

COLE MILLER’S HAND injury kept him out of Conor McGregor triumphant UFC homecoming in Dublin last weekend but it has not precluded him from flapping his gums about the Irish featherweight.

Miller was a guest of Beatdown on Sherdog Radio Network this week and while he complimented McGregor’s technique, he was quick to share his belief that the Irishman has been hyped up far too much.

Miller remains outside the featherweight division’s top 15 after missing the McGregor bout [he was replaced by Diego Brandao] but feels the Dublin fighter does not warrant his top 10 placing or his September bout with sixth-ranked Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas.

He commented, “I thought he looked pretty solid. It’s pretty easy to look good when everything’s made for you to look good. He got to fight in his hometown with all those people there supporting him. He got a full camp of preparation when his opponent didn’t.”

Miller declared the ‘UFC brass’ are spoon-feeding opinions to commentators, about McGregor, to build up his name and brand. He added, ““I did see something where Dana said Conor reminds him of [women's bantamweight champion] Ronda Rousey. That’s a pretty bold statement. I told my brother they’re both blonde. That must be it.”

UFC 175 Mixed Martial Arts AP / Press Association Images Dana White likened McGregor to women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. AP / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

Miller stressed that the hometown factor that spurred McGregor, and his four SBG teammates, on in Dublin will be lacking in Las Vegas when he faces Poirier, a fighter who is ‘doing some real impressive things in the division’.

He said, “I think [Poirier is] ready for a Frankie Edgar or [Cub] Swanson or [Chad] Mendes. [UFC] is obviously trying to build the McGregor fight, and I don’t think [McGregor] deserves it, but I don’t think he deserves a lot of things he’s gotten.”

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Meanwhile, Setanta Sports announced, this afternoon, that McGregor’s 27 September fight at the MGM Grand will be screened live on BT Sport. McGregor v Poirier is on the undercard of Jon ‘Bones’ Jones v Alexander Gustafsson.

You can listen to the full Beatdown show here.

UFC chiefs take aim at waning pay-per-view numbers by pairing McGregor with Jones fight

Conor McGregor versus Dustin Poirier set for Las Vegas in September