"I know no oneís going to argue that my skill set is not top ten," he said. "You canít tell me that of all the top ten guys that I canít strike or I canít grapple or I canít fight with any of those guys. I feel like that Iím the dark horse. I feel like those guys, none of them want to fight me."
So why did he call out Cerrone instead of reiterating his desire to fight McGregor? Turns out that was a misunderstanding.
"Honestly, I didnít even know [Cerrone] had a fight coming up this weekend until the other day," Miller confessed. "I check the UG all the time, and I had saw that he had made a comment about jumping down to 145 pounds. So I was like, Ďperfect!í We had our beef andÖitís not gone. He just happened to be on the rise when he came in so he got, not that he didnít earn it, but he got a quick run towards the lightweight rankings. I was on a skid at the time, and I dropped down to featherweight and had a rough start at the beginning.
"So, we werenít anywhere near at each other to fight. But Iíve said it, before my dayís done here, itís going to happen. I really just wanted to throw that out there to remind him and others that itís not done yet. And if he needs motivation to come to 145Öthatís on the table."
Asked what the "beef" was between the two, Miller traced it back to the time he fought (and beat) Leonard Garcia in 2007. Garcia is Cerroneís best friend, roommate and training partner. The bad blood between Cerrone and Miller has festered for over six years.
"I honestly think that [Cerrone] thinks Iím a mark, that I was just some easy guy that he could get over on -- that I was just some pushover that he could have an easy fight," Miller said. "There might have been some guys that beat me, but Iím not an easy fight for anybody. So, Iím not just going to stand there when somebody talks about me like that. We can fight. And weíve had a couple ofÖweíve jawed back and forth and had a couple of close calls behind the scenes and things like that. But we havenít been able to get in the cage, so when I saw that on the Underground where it says in an interview that he was considering dropping down to 145 pounds, I was like, hey, if you just need a little bit of motivation to cut that weight, here it is."