Donald Cerrone has expressed interest on multiple occasions in fighting Conor McGregor. McGregor returned the favor, writing he’d fight “Cowboy” in a tweet Saturday night following Cerrone’s win over Alexander Hernandez at UFC Brooklyn.
That seems like a no-brainer, right? The biggest star in UFC history trying to rebound off a loss against the wildly popular veteran Cerrone, who is attempting to make one last run at the lightweight belt. It’s one of the biggest non-title fights the UFC can stick McGregor in at this juncture.
Will it happen? That’s a big maybe, per UFC president Dana White.
White said he was open to it at the UFC Brooklyn post-fight press conference, but added that there were no definitive plans at this juncture.
“Yeah, I mean anything is possible,” White said. “If those guys want that and the fans want to see it, that’s what I do.”
Cerrone looked fantastic Saturday night on the UFC’s first ESPN+ card, schooling the up-and-coming Hernandez and then finishing him with strikes in the second round. The performance was so strong, McGregor shouted out the 35-year-old “Cowboy” on Twitter, following Cerrone’s mention of him as a possible opponent in his post-fight interview with Jon Anik.
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
“For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you,” McGregor wrote. “Congratulations.”
There are still things to be sorted. McGregor still has to have his disciplinary case with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) resolved, the one stemming fro his UFC 229 post-fight brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nurmagomedov’s team.
Cerrone said he wants a top-five opponent next and McGregor, the former champion at lightweight and featherweight, certainly qualifies. “Cowboy” said he’d even go to Ireland to fight McGregor, which White said he thought was “awesome.”
“Don’t run out there and say that’s the fight I’m making,” White said. “I don’t know what I’m gonna do, but I like the fact that two of these guys that are complete dogs and fight anybody — willing to fight anybody — want to fight each other. That’s fun.”