Morning Report: Conor McGregor ready to break 'petrified' Cole Miller before 'embarrassing' Chad Mendes and 'annihilating' Jose Aldo

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

With the UFC's July event in Dublin beginning to fill out you just knew Conor McGregor wouldn't be far behind. Booked to face fellow featherweight Cole Miller in the night's main event, McGregor makes his return following an 11 month layoff. The 25-year-old Irishman suffered a severe knee injury in his rout of Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 in August. Rehabbing a complete ACL tear, MCL strain and posterior horn meniscal tear of his left knee, McGregor says he's put the setback behind him.

"What knee? The knee, to me, is a distant memory." McGregor told Kenny Florian on UFC Tonight. "I'm done talking about the knee. I've spoken about it a long, long time. I am done now. I got the all clear, somebody's going to pay. First in line is Cole Miller, Jul. 19 in my hometown Dublin."

Miller, who's wanted a piece of McGregor since calling him out in October, dubbed the Irishman as nothing more than a 'show pony' used to 'buy a country.'

"I stay ready," said McGregor. "[Miller] opened his mouth, he was under the influence of post-fight adrenaline. It has the same effect as alcohol. It makes you brave. He spoke with bravery, but guess what happened? It wore off. Now he's faced with the reality that he's going to face me Jul. 19.

"Me coming back from this injury is a man possessed. I'm going go in there and I'm going to break him in the very first exchange."

Undeterred by his time away from the cage, McGregor isn't impressed with Miller in the least. Training out of American Top Team, the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt claims a four-inch reach advantage and holds a two-fight win streak.

"It does not matter," said McGregor. "He does not have a reach advantage. He's slow, he's scared, I'm fast, I'm fearless. It's no contest. The first exchange I'm going to break him. I see it in his voice. I see it in his body language. He's petrified. I'm coming to get him. Not just him. Forget him. I've been listening to everyone calling me out and saying this and that while I'm forced to sit on the sideline. Now I'm back.

"I'm going to stop Cole. Whoever's next. Cub [Swanson], I'll break Cub. I'll embarrass Chad [Mendes]. I'll annihilate Jose [Aldo]. I'm coming to takeover the division. It's my division."

UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Miller takes place Jul. 19 from The O2 in Dublin, Ireland.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Apr. 30 2014)

cancelled Rousimar Palhares vs. Jon Fitch at WSOF 11

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Tourney Frenzy!! BellatorMMA118 FULL Breakdown

Bellator has taken a week hiatus but it is finally back with yet another stacked card including two tourney fights as well as a likely tourney eliminator and Interim title fight! All live on SpikeTV 9pmEST May 2, 2014

0). Mike Mucitelli is mainly a grappler with 4 submission victories and only one tko and decision, but McGeary is a Renzo Gracie fighter and should have no problem going to the ground with Mucitelli. McGeary a star prospect from England has a purple belt in bjj under Braulio estima to go along with his devastating KO power he put on display against Beau Tribolet at Bellator 100. All of Mcgearys wins have come by way of stoppage (3 subs, 3 Ko's) Expect this fight to be competitive where ever it goes. Prediction: Liam McGeary First Round KO

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