For the better part of 2019, the two lightweights have been linked to a potential showdown inside the UFC Octagon. Initially, McGregor tweeted he was down to scrap with “Cowboy” in January. With UFC President Dana White declaring he’d attempt to book the two fan favorites, it felt like only a matter of time before the fight officials announced the pairing. But after more back-and-forth on social media led to nothing, Cerrone declared he was “done chasing” a fight against the Irishman.
However, after Cerrone emerged victorious over Al Iaquinta at UFC Ottawa this past Saturday, rumors began to swirl once again. White would only add fuel to fire during a recent appearance on The Jim Rome Show.
“[McGregor] and I are getting together very soon, within the next week, and we’re going to figure out what’s next for him,” White told the ‘Jim Rome Show’ on Tuesday. “I see him fighting this summer.
“The Cerrone fight makes sense. There’s a couple different options out there for him. He was talking about the Cerrone fight at one point. I don’t really know but that fight makes sense.”
In terms of competition, McGregor (21-4), a former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, has not competed since his fourth-round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October. This marked his first walk to the Octagon since his second destruction of former champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016.
Cerrone (36-11, 1 NC), a former UFC & WEC title challenger, continues to wrack up accolades as he cemented himself atop the UFC records for most most total wins (23), finishes (16), post-fight bonuses (17) and knockdowns (20) in UFC history.