Donald Cerrone is back down to lightweight and boy did he look good. His performance also caught the eye of former UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.
Cerrone was taking on streaking UFC lightweight Alexander Hernandez, who many believed Hernandez would defeat ‘Cowboy.’ However, that is the exact opposite of what happened and Cerrone dominated Hernandez and landed serval quality punches, knees, and kicks to Hernandez’s head. That helped set up a head kick which dropped Hernandez and set up a beautiful TKO win in the second round. The fight may very well have been the best Cerrone has looked in years.
Following the fight, Cerrone called out McGregor to which McGregor seems to agree with the callout.
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
“For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you. Congratulations,” McGregor tweeted.
McGregor was last seen at UFC 229 when he made his long-awaited return to the Octagon. He took on the lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nurmagomedov proved to be too much for McGregor and he submitted the Irishman in the fourth-round.
Following the fight, McGregor was adamant of getting the rematch against Nurmagomedov. Now, however, that appears to change. Cerrone appears likely to get the fight against McGregor that he has wanted since he announced the move back down to lightweight.
“We’re working for it, for sure,” Cerrone said before his fight against Hernandez (via MMA Junkie). “Hopefully the next fight. Conor’s his own beast. He gets to dictate the spot what he wants, so it’s whether me and the UFC agree, it’s all kind of on him. He did a good job of cementing himself, so it’s all on him.”
If the fight does happen, the question would be where would it take place on the card. The UFC likes to have title fights headline their pay-per-views but, McGregor is a huge star that he should be a headliner no matter what. It is a good question to have as it appears McGregor is ready to fight again.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime