This weekend, Donald Cerrone will be headlining UFC Ottawa in a pivotal lightweight clash against Al Iaquinta. But it wasn’t the first choice for Cerrone. Originally, Cerrone had been targeting a lightweight tilt with former two-division champion Conor McGregor, a bout that McGregor had also shown interest in. Ultimately, negotiations for that bout stalled though, and now, Cerrone say’s he’s over trying to chase “Notorious” down.
“The chase is over,” Cerrone told MMA Junkie recently. “It’s done.”
Cerrone vs. McGregor had been a fight in the back of fans’ minds for years as both men are among the most exciting lightweights in the sport, but the fight never made sense. After Cerrone knocked out Alexander Hernandez earlier this year in his return to 155 pounds, McGregor tweeted about fighting Cerrone and suddenly, the stars seemed to have aligned. The kismet was temporary though as, according to Cerrone, the fight never got made because McGregor wanted to main event and the UFC wasn’t interested in that. Ultimately, McGregor went on to retire from MMA, but Cerrone says he had given up on that bout before then so that’s why he’s taking on Iaquinta this weekend.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to wait,’” Cerrone said. “‘Let’s go.’
“They were trying to figure out what they were gonna do with Al and I was like, ‘I’ll fight Al.’ Because right now I’d still be waiting on Conor. It sucks but hey, let’s go out and make some money.”
Of course, none of this means a fight with McGregor is off the table. McGregor’s retirement was short-lived and the UFC is still seemingly looking for a dance partner for the original champ-champ. Should Cerrone beat Iaquinta this weekend, a matchup between the two may make even more sense from the UFC’s perspective. After all, the winner would have a good claim for a title shot, following the unification bout between Dustin Poirier and Khabib Nurmagomedov rumored to be happening in September.
And if that opportunity does arise, Cowboy says he’s still ready to do the damn thing with Conor.
“Who knows, man,” Cerrone said. “I’ll take it if it does, of course. If not, I’ll take whoever’s next. I love my job. I love fighting.”
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Don’t hate that fight at all.
I Just heard “The Joker” Hermansson mention on @arielhelwani show he would want to fight me next. Would love that fight.— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) May 1, 2019
hhmmm...not that it's anyone's business. But I put the on this one, but I'll put the on my undisputed one!! https://t.co/GHtG7WR7ZF— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) May 2, 2019
Elias out here educating fools.
I've been diagnosed w/ bilateral neuropathy by 4 doctors (including lifelong family doc), which is nerve damage in my upper extremities. Cannabis (THC) ,as perscribed, combats my condition. Its pain management like other can use vicodin. #medicalequality #fightthestigma https://t.co/P533cavXpa— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) May 2, 2019
So I should just take my anti anxiety medication like allowed? USADA is partly funded by the US Gov which has classified it as a schedule class one drug and no medical property. Canadian gov disagrees and its THIS outdated mindset I am determined to defeat. #fightthestigma https://t.co/8htUEPv3Sy— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) May 2, 2019
Thanks, Doc. Explain to me why anti-anxiety medication is allowed? Also, I am looking to medicate until weigh-ins and compete the next day without medicating. Get your facts straight before you tweet maybe? #keyboardphysician https://t.co/7MKhRlnMcI— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) May 2, 2019
Re watched my fight with stylebender for the 1st time.— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) May 1, 2019
That 5th round kills me to watch.
I didn’t think it was possible and I know it’s corny but, there’s a monster that was woke deep inside of me.
I’m excited for my future.
Tony working on that boxing.
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