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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone says he’s ‘waiting on’ Conor McGregor for potential fight

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

“The Notorious” vs. “Cowboy”?

Donald Cerrone wrote Tuesday night on social media that he’s “waiting on” Conor McGregor. After Cerrone’s record-setting win over Mike Perry last weekend at UFC Denver, he said the UFC already came to him with a potential next fight. Could that be McGregor?

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Just waiting on him! . “ I know a guy”

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On Tuesday, The Irish Mirror reported that McGregor’s next bout could be against Cerrone. There has been no word from McGregor’s camp or the UFC about this potential fight. UFC president Dana White said earlier this month that McGregor either wants a Khabib Nurmagomedov rematch next for the UFC lightweight title or a fight that puts him in line for that rematch soon.

Nurmagomedov beat McGregor by fourth-round submission at UFC 229 last month. The card ended up being the biggest in UFC history, selling around 2.4 million pay-per-views. McGregor owns four of the top five biggest PPVs in UFC history and that’s not including his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, which is second all time in PPV history for combat sports behind Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

Both Nurmagomedov and McGregor are facing fines and suspensions from the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) following a post-fight melee that included members of both of their respective teams. So it’s unclear when McGregor might be ready to go for a fight with Cerrone. The disciplinary hearing for both men is scheduled for Dec. 10.

Cerrone submitted Perry with an armbar in the first round at UFC Denver last Saturday. The victory made “Cowboy” the UFC record holder for most wins and most finishes. Cerrone said afterward that he was heading back to the lightweight division, where he once fought for the title, and he was targeting a potential fight with Nurmagomedov.

McGregor and Cerrone have some history. They got into it at a press conference in 2015, with Cerrone saying McGregor wouldn’t cut it at lightweight. McGregor wound up becoming the UFC featherweight and lightweight champion.

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