Following Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s decisive win over ‘Platinum’ Mike Perry at UFC Denver earlier this month, the UFC veteran teased reporters that he would be heading back to lightweight and that the UFC already had a big fight lined up for him.
Speculation as to the potential opponent has been rife and Cerrone has been fueling the fire, hinting that his opponent could be former two weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor.
While Cerrone has been using social media to make overtures toward the Irishman, UFC President Dana White has told TMZ that talk of a lightweight contest between the pair is “absolutely not true”.
“Obviously, that’s the fight that ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone wants, but that’s not true,” White said.
White’s primary concern is getting to the bottom of what is going to happen with the Nevada Athletic Commission’s investigation into the shenanigans which followed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s win over McGregor at UFC 229. The two are expected to appear before the commission next month where they will learn what combination of suspensions, fines and other sanctions will be handed down by the NAC.
McGregor had been shooting for a re-run of his fight with Khabib but with a number of other contenders in the pipeline it appears unlikely that he will be granted his wish. Should that be the case, the Irishman has indicated that he wants to face whoever is next in line in order to earn another shot at the lightweight champion. The likelihood is, that isn’t Cerrone at this stage.
Admittedly, White has something of a reputation for dismissing things which then come to fruition and many fans will take this response as the biggest sign yet that McGregor and Cowboy will actually end up being booked. For the rest of us, speculation regarding Cerrone’s actual opponent for his 155lb return will have to continue.