Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has his eyes set on a star opponent following his most recent win over Mike Perry. Cerrone, who announced he was returning to the lightweight division following his welterweight win over Perry, took to Instagram on Tuesday to call out the UFC’s biggest star.
On his Instagram post on Tuesday night, Cerrone called out former lightweight champion Conor McGregor and said he was “just waiting on him” referencing McGregor.
Before even going into how a potential fight could go or would sell between the two, the most important factor in making this fight is that McGregor is currently still suspended by the NSAC. Due to his actions in the post-fight melee after he loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, McGregor was suspended indefinitely and a resolution isn’t expected until mid-December, making it extremely difficult and unlikely that the UFC would negotiate with their former champion while he’s under suspension.
There is history between Cerrone and McGregor who first traded words back in 2015 during the UFC’s “Go Big” press conference before McGregor’s featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo. When McGregor first mentioned moving up to lightweight, Cerrone responded by saying that McGregor was too small for the division, and that he’d beat him if he moved up to the division.
Another difficultly in booking the fight between both guys is that McGregor has been pushing for a rematch with Nurmagomedov, but there has been no word from the UFC if that would be next for the former champion. The rematch with Nurmagomedov seems unlikely but initially, so does a fight with Cerrone.
With plenty of top opponents in the lightweight division, there’s no shortage of possible matchups for Cerrone in his return to the lightweight division. Having fought almost every big name during his career, it makes sense that Cerrone would pursue the biggest money fight against McGregor, but he did mention that he was coming for Khabib in his post-victory Octagon interview following his win over Perry.
At this time, it seems that a fight between McGregor and Cerrone is just a fun conversation for all to have but doesn’t seem likely to happen, especially with McGregor’s suspension.