The Donald Cerrone vs Conor McGregor matchup has been looming for a while now, and Joe Rogan just recently gave an interesting update about this showdown.
‘Cowboy’ has called out ‘The Notorious’ for a match he would do even in McGregor’s home soil. The former champ-champ immediately gave his nod, with his manager Owen Roddy also saying it would surely be a fan-favourite rivalry.
Cowboy is Back
The American MMA veteran made a successful lightweight return after bringing his younger opponent, Alex Hernandez, to school with a second-round stoppage at UFC Brooklyn. Shortly after the win, Cerrone called out McGregor as he eyes a top-five opponent for his next outing.
“The old man has still got it. This is the fight that the UFC wanted. I wanted [a] top- 5 [opponent]. I want Conor [McGregor] if he’ll agree to it. I’m coming for a belt. Cowboy is back,” the 35-year-old fighter said in the post-fight interview.
‘The Notorious’ obviously paid attention to Cowboy’s match last January 20 and said Cerrone’s impressive comeback won his desire to accept the callout. “For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you. Congratulations,” McGregor posted on Twitter.
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) January 25, 2019
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
While the Dubliner is still serving a six-month fighting suspension for his role on the UFC 229 post-fight melee, Conor’s manager hopes Cerrone will welcome him back to the cage.
“It’s a fan favourite fight. Cerrone comes out and he looks to swing and Conor’s going to be looking to knock him out. The banter beforehand, I don’t see it being as [turbulent] — I think it will be funny.”
“Both guys will go back and forth, and that will be exciting for fans. I think it would be a very exciting fight,” Roddy said via MMA Fighting’s Eurobash Podcast.
Colour commentator Joe Rogan, on the other hand, said the fight that’s reportedly still in the works is actually happening. On his UFC Fight Companion podcast during UFC Phoenix on Sunday night, the commentator says it’s a ‘done deal as far as he knows.’
Though the former two-division champion used to be very selective of his past fights, he now has a six-fight UFC contract to fulfil; making it more likely for McGregor to take on fighters like “Cowboy.”
On the #UFCPhoenix Fight Companion podcast which is live right now, Joe Rogan said Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone, "is a done deal as far as I know."
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) February 18, 2019
UFC Phoenix Full Results
Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez — Ngannou def. Velasquez by TKO (punches) at 0:26 of Round One
Paul Felder vs. James Vick — Felder def. Vick by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey — Calvillo def. Casey by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie — Gracie def. Caceres by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:06 of Round One
Bryan Barberena vs. Vicente Luque — Luque def. Barberena by TKO (knees and punches) at 4:54 of Round Three
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury — Fili def. Jury by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling — Sterling def. Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Manny Bermudez vs. Benito Lopez — Bermudez def. Lopez by submission (guillotine choke) at 3:09 of Round One
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee — Lee def. Evans-Smith by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz — Lentz def. Holtzman by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders — Sanders def. Barao by KO (punches) at 1:01 of Round Two
Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire — Whitmire def. Albu by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:01 of Round One
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Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor and Instagram/Donald Cerrone