Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, teased a Donald Cerrone fight at 155 pounds earlier this year, in what would mark the Irishman’s first appearance since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October.
Unfortunately for “Notorious,” the promotion was more interested in making that showdown a co-main event and McGregor balked at the offer. That didn’t sit too well with Cerrone, who told ESPN that he’s ready, willing, and able to fight.
“Conor won’t fight unless it’s a main event,” Cerrone said. “I don’t know if it’s an ego thing or a status thing for him. I don’t give a shit. I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, and I stand by that all the time. I guess he’s a prima donna and only takes main event spots. I don’t know.”
In his defense, McGregor is the most popular fighter in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) and holds the record for three biggest pay-per-view (PPV) events of all time. Keeping him in the main event also allows “Notorious” to negotiate PPV points, among other things.
But that’s not what has Cerrone so pissed off.
“We were all waiting on Conor for April, and he said he wasn’t ready,” Cerrone said. “I don’t know how in one breath you can say, ‘I’ll fight anyone, anytime, anywhere,’ and the next one say, ‘I’m not ready for that one.’ I’m more annoyed that he went radio silent after putting it out. I get it, you want to stay relevant by putting it out there, but then you can’t go radio silent. Sack up, bitch. Sign the fucking paper.”
UFC is now targeting Cerrone for a potential Al Iaquinta fight later this year. McGregor, meanwhile, appears to be waiting for a Nurmagomedov rematch in November, when “The Eagle” makes his return to cage fighting.
So then what do we do with the winner of this fight?!?