The winningest fighter in the history of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Donald Cerrone, who also holds the promotion's record for most finishes, is parting ways with the welterweight division and heading south for the winter.
In fact, “Cowboy” told the combat sports media that his submission win over Mike Perry at UFC Denver (watch it) would not be his biggest headline of the year, and to expect an “exciting” opponent to be announced for his return to 155 pounds.
All signs point to former lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.
If and when that fight comes to fruition, Cerrone will be the +150 underdog, according to the opening lines from Bovada.lv, against -185 for his “Notorious” opponent. No doubt those numbers will fluctuate as we get closer to fight night, but as of now, that line mirrors the opening odds for McGregor’s title defense against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, as well as his championship showdown opposite Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
Cerrone (34-11, 1 NC) hasn’t been the underdog since his Robbie Lawler fight at UFC 214.
The promotion won’t be able to finalize any bouts until McGregor (21-4) settles his affairs with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), thanks to the UFC 229 post-fight brawl that included Khabib Nurmagomedov and his Dagestani goon squad.