Donald Cerrone’s performance in Brooklyn has caught the attention of many in the mixed martial arts community — including the biggest star in the history of the sport.
“Cowboy” made his return to the lightweight division on Saturday night at UFC on ESPN+ 1 when he took on Alex Hernandez. The fight was the featured prelim during the ESPN TV broadcast and Cerrone came through with a masterful performance over the highly favored Hernandez, picking up a second round TKO.
Following the victory, Cerrone reiterated that he would love a fight with former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor — a fight Cerrone had led the MMA world to believe was in the works following his November submission win over Mike Perry. “The Notorious” clearly took notice of Cerrone’s performance and responded to the call out on Twitter minutes later.
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
McGregor’s last appearance in the Octagon took place in October when he challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 228. In what turned out to be, reportedly, the biggest event in the organization’s history, with over 2 million buys on pay-per-view, Nurmagomedov used his dominant ground game throughout the fight to earn a fourth round submission victory to close the book on the biggest rivalry of 2018.
Cerrone had said throughout the buildup to his fight with Hernandez that the fight with McGregor was something he was looking to make a reality. McGregor, until Saturday night, hadn’t said much about the rumors. It certainly seems like McGregor is interested in the matchup.
As a new father, I’m sure Cerrone, and his bank account, would be all-in on this opportunity. Stay locked in to MyMMANews.com for the latest on this story.