Cole Miller doesn’t think Conor McGregor should “get a fast track to the top.”
Miller, a contestant on Season 5 of The Ultimate Fighter, has set his sights on McGregor, whom he feels is trying to talk himself into a position he has yet to earn, according to Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie.com:
I think guys should earn their way. I don’t think you should get two fights, come off a decision win, and not look all that hot, and because you’re trying to get a new country as a fan base, and trying to win over a new country, get a fast track to the top.
McGregor has spent a good deal of time making sure his name is not forgotten as he heals up from an ACL injury that he suffered in his last fight at UFC Fight Night 26 in August. He won a decision over Max Holloway, raising his UFC record to 2-0.
Since the injury, he has taken to twitter, inflaming more than a few fighters and fans with his opinion of the fighters in his weight class.
His willingness to speak his mind has earned him the ire of Diego Sanchez and now Miller, who hasn’t seemed to take the Irishman's antics as personally as Sanchez did.
“I think that paying your dues and having to grind, as so many others do, is best for MMA,” Miller told MMAJunkie radio.
Since graduating from TUF, Miller has a UFC record of 8-6, with notable wins over Jorge Gurgel, Junie Browning, Ross Pearson and Andy Ogle. He believes if he can remain free of injury that he can rise in the rankings.
And what does he think about McGregor, whom he feels has not earned his place on the fast track after just two fights in the UFC?
“He might be able to beat my ass,” Miller said. “But that’s my point: Come beat my ass, and then you can move up the ladder.”