After spending some time in the welterweight division, longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Donald Cerrone, the winningest fighter in the history of the promotion, will finally make his return to lightweight this weekend in “The Empire State.”
“Cowboy” is competing against 155-pound phenom Alex Hernandez on the ESPN “Prelims” portion on the UFC on ESPN+ 1 fight card (see it here) this Saturday night (Jan. 19, 2019) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
A victory over “The Great” will go a long way in securing Cerrone the biggest fight of his career, at least from a financial perspective, as he’s been linked to the returning Conor McGregor at some point in 2019.
“We’re working for it, for sure,” Cerrone said (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.”
McGregor will first have to settle his business with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) following last October’s post-fight brawl involving Khabib Nurmagomedov and his Dagestani goon squad (relive the madness here).
“Notorious” is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in UFC history (sorry, Brock) and considering how many times Cerrone has competed and what his fights have done for the excitement of the brand, he’s probably the most deserving of that opportunity.
Unless this proposed match up comes together.