The Bald One Believes That ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone v Conor McGregor is a Fight That Would Make Sense…
Dana White was previously very quick to shut down any speculation that Donald Cerrone would fight Conor McGregor. Over the past few months, this potential match-up has been a reoccurring story and it’s suddenly back in the headlines, after ‘Cowboy’ called out ‘The Notorious’ following his victory over Al Iaquinta in Ottawa.
There are big questions over McGregor’s future. He’s believed to be training for a return and is now eligible to fight again after completing his suspension for his role in the UFC 229 brawl. He also pretended to retire, although nobody really believed that he had walked away from the sport.
Now it looks like the momentum is drifting towards a McGregor v Cerrone clash. It makes sense for all sorts of reasons and suddenly Dana White is supporting it.
White has said that he is convinced McGregor will make a return this summer. There are two likely opponents for him right now: Cerrone and Tony Ferguson. The UFC president explained that talks would be going down with the former champ-champ in the coming weeks over what the next move would be. White told the Jim Rome Show:
“He and I are getting together very soon, within the next week, and we’re going to figure out what’s next for him, I see him fighting this summer.”
Cerrone is in the form of his life. He’s looked sensational in his last couple of fights and took out a real tough cookie Al Iaquinta last time around. As a new father, he has the incentive to make that final surge towards an elusive title. While Tony Ferguson also deserves a money fight, ‘Cowboy’ is arguably more famous and promotable than ‘El Cucuy.’ When you are taking on the pay-per-view king, this will stand in your favour.
“The Cerrone fight makes sense,” White said. “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.”
It really does make sense for both men.
Spider v Notorious
Cowboy is by no means the only fighter looking for a fight with the most famous Irishman on the planet. Legendary Brazilian middleweight Anderson Silva has made no secret of the fact that he wants to take on McGregor before retiring from the sport. Speaking to reporters in Rio De Janeiro, ‘The Spider’ said:
“Come on boss. Give this show for the fans, give this show for the big fans of the UFC. Two big guys, two big names, you know? It’s good money for you Dana, and good challenge for me, for Conor. I believe I could cut my weight for 180, I believe McGregor could weigh for 180. That’s the good fight for me and Conor. That’s a good experience for the fans, especially the fans for this sport. That’s a super, super, superfight. Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor.”