UFC: Cowboy Cerrone “Pretty Sure” He’ll Be Fighting McGregor Soon

Donald Cerrone, UFC Denver media day
Donald Cerrone, UFC Denver media day Credit: Mike Straus/Cageside Press

While he’s got another fight entirely at the upcoming UFC Brooklyn, Cowboy Cerrone is “pretty sure” he’ll be fighting Conor McGregor soon.

Cowboy Cerrone isn’t ready to let go of that Conor McGregor money just yet. Cerrone (properly Donald Cerrone, but better known as simply Cowboy) floated the idea of a McGregor fight earlier this year. That all started when he told media outlets including Cageside Press backstage at UFC Denver that there was something big in the works. Days later, he was pursuing the fight on social media.

Yet it didn’t happen. Cerrone’s return to 155lbs is set for UFC Brooklyn, where he’ll meet Alex Hernandez. McGregor, meanwhile, seems headed towards a rematch — either with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dustin Poirier, or perhaps even Nate Diaz, depending on how things play out. Plus, he’s temporarily suspended by the NSAC following the events of UFC 229.

No matter. Cerrone was recently speaking to ESPN, and he let slip that the fight is still a possibility.

“I think [McGregor’s] side is interested in it, I know I’m very interested, and for the UFC, that’s a money fight,” Cerrone told ESPN. “By no means am I overlooking Alex. I’m focused on getting through him, and Conor is potentially what’s next.

“I don’t see why he would turn the fight down. I’m interested to see how it all plays out. I’m pretty sure Conor and I will be meeting in the Octagon soon.”

“Pretty sure” isn’t exactly a guarantee, but the fight does have a certain ring to it. The pair have never met, and a fresh face for McGregor is always interesting. Both men are fan favorites, and even without a belt on the line, it’s the kind of fight that could top a card.