When Rafael dos Anjos, who was Conor McGregor’s original opponent for UFC 196, went down with an injury, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was the first fighter to step up and say that he would fill in for RDA. But the UFC decided to go with Nate Diaz instead of Cerrone, and it turned out to be one of the biggest pay-per-views in the history of the company.
Even though Cerrone didn’t end up getting the fight with McGregor, he still does want to fight the current featherweight champ at some point in the future.
In a recent interview with Mike Bohn of MMA Junkie, “Cowboy” Cerrone expressed his desire to fight McGregor, and he also said that he would have submitted “The Notorious One” right away.
“It is what it is. When I see him I’m going to check him and see what’s up. I don’t give a (expletive) where it’s at. I’d love to fight the dude, but it’s a fight that’s not going to happen for a long time.”
“I wasn’t surprised at all (that Diaz submitted him). That’s how I would have fought. I would have went in there and took his a** down and submitted him right away. I’m not even going to start on the (expletive) (expletive).”
The ground game is one of Cerrone’s biggest strengths, and it’s probably McGregor’s biggest weakness. So it’s easy to see why Cerrone is so confident that he’d submit “Mystic Mac” right away if the two of them fought.
It’s been reported that the UFC is strongly considering having Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 main-event this July’s UFC 200 pay-per-view, which is expected to be the most successful pay-per-view event in company history. The show is also expected to feature the debut of former WWE wrestler CM Punk, and possibly one or two championship fights.
Cerrone last fought in February, making quick work of Alex Oliveira and submitting him via triangle choke in the very first round. He’s currently scheduled to fight again on June 18, at UFC Fight Night 89, against Patrick Cote. If Cerrone picks up the win quickly, he may end up fighting on the UFC 200 card the following month, as he is one of the most active fighters in the UFC.
The Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor rematch will take place at 170 pounds, which is Cerrone’s new weight-class. So if McGregor wins and decides to continue on at 170 pounds, he may find himself inside the octagon with the “Cowboy.”
But the more likely scenario is, if Cerrone continues to have success in the UFC’s welterweight division, then he’ll continue to climb up the ranks and eventually earn a championship fight with Robbie Lawler, which would be a fantastic fight.
While there’s no immediate plan to have McGregor and Cerrone fight each other, that’s definitely a fight that the UFC would consider making at some point down the line, as it has the potential to be one of the biggest money-making fights in the history of the company. In fact, it may end up being more successful than McGregor vs. Diaz at UFC 196.
There’s a good chance, whether he wins or loses at UFC 200, that Conor McGregor will return to featherweight and defend his championship, as he doesn’t want to be stripped of the title. So while a fight between Cerrone and McGregor will probably happen at some point, it probably won’t happen any time soon, unless the “Cowboy” decides to drop down to 145 pounds, which likely won’t happen.
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