It was the fight Cole Miller (pictured) demanded, and was eventually granted. Unfortunately for Miller, torn ligaments in the thumb of his right hand has forced the featherweight out of his July 19 scrap against Conor McGregor.
The UFC announced Tuesday evening that “The Ultimate Fighter 14” winner Diego Brandao has agreed to enter hostile territory and headline the gig against McGregor.
“Diego Brandao is explosive and a well-rounded fighter. This should be a war,” said UFC president Dana White.
Brandao is looking to bounce back from December’s lights out loss to Dustin Poirier. “DB” had won three straight prior to the KO defeat.
Despite fighting just twice inside the octagon, both resulting in victories, McGregor has quickly become one of the UFC’s most popular international fighters. “Notorious” tore his knee in August’s decision victory over Max Holloway and has been riding the pine ever since.
McGregor owns an impressive 14-2 professional record.
Miller’s hand is currently in a full cast. No word on how long the veteran will be forced to ride the pine.
The O2 in Dublin, Ireland hosts the festivities.
Here is the card’s current lineup:
Norman Parke vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Trevor Smith vs. Tor Troeng
Nikita Krylov vs. Cody Donovan
Ilir Latifi vs. Tom Lawlor
Phil Harris vs. Neil Seery
Brad Pickett vs. Ian McCall
Gunnar Nelson vs Zak Cummings
Conor McGregor vs. Diego Brandao