Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone had an interesting call out after his victory over Al Iaquinta this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 151 / UFC On ESPN+ 9. After winning the match via unanimous decision in impressive fashion, the popular fighter once again mentioned a name that he has been linked to for quite some time; Conor McGregor.
Cerrone has seen great success since moving to the lightweight division, scoring wins over Iaquinta and Alexander Hernandez. Both fights were selected to receive bonuses for Fight Of The Night and his win over Hernandez also earned Cerrone the Performance Of The Night bonus.
Those two wins over ranked fighters has seen him quickly rise to the #4 ranked contender in the lightweight division. McGregor holds the #3 spot in the division.
The Cerrone and McGregor fight was close to happening but eventually negotiations stalled and contract never got signed. It was reported McGregor wanted an ownership stake in the UFC as he is arguably the biggest name in the business today.
When those negotiations broke off, McGregor briefly retired via social media but has since retracted that statement and deleted the original post. Dana White has publicly acknowledged that meetings have been setup with McGregor to discuss the Irish fighters next bout, although the original meeting date was postponed.
During a recent interview on The Jim Rome show, White addressed the possibility of Cerrone vs. McGregor;
“This 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.”
Despite both being veteran members of the UFC roster, the have never faced one another in the octagon.
McGregor last fought in October 2018 at UFC 229 when he lost to current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov via submission. After the bout a melee between both fighter’s camps broke out that led to a number of suspensions. The two have had a highly publicized war on social media that has only recently died down.
Many fans are hoping for a rematch between McGregor and Nurmagomedov due to the bad blood between the two fighters but the current champ’s next bout is likely a title unification match against interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirer.
Cerrone is not the only fighter lobbying to be McGregor’s next opponent. UFC legend Anderson Silva has publicly requested White setup a match between himself and McGregor “for the fans” during his media appearances this week. Silva is scheduled to face Jared Cannonier at this weekend’s UFC 237.