While he thought he’s at the verge of fighting the UFC’s biggest star, all Donald Cerrone obtained from Conor McGregor in the past few months was false hope. Now that ‘The Notorious’ said he’s retiring from MMA, ‘Cowboy’ says he’s not buying it.
Rumours of McGregor’s Octagon return on July 6th in Las Vegas, Nevada have recently been looming and the clues pointed at Cerrone to be the Irishman’s next rival.
After calling ‘The Notorious’ out several times, ‘Cowboy’ received a few hints from the former two-division champ and a statement from Joe Rogan that the fight is ‘official as far as he knows.’
However, UFC President Dana White later revealed that the match is far from happening. Apparently, the sticking point was
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
Cerrone has now given his take on the abrupt announcement in an interview with SportsCenter.
“We saw it last night, actually, we were up. Just landed in Canada we were up here reading it. I don’t believe it, I don’t think it is happening,” the 35-year-old said.
“I really don’t. I think it is a ploy to stay relevant. I don’t think he is going anywhere.”
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
“No, I don’t buy it at all. It will look a lot like what he did but I don’t think that is true,” Cerrone later told SportsCenter.
“I just think he put that out to stir up the media. I read something he may go to the WWE. I don’t know. He may have to get out of his UFC contract to do that. Retiring is one way out, but I doubt it. He’s not going anywhere.”
The fighter from Colorado has also shredded McGregor for retiring just when he thought they were meeting in the Octagon.
“I was just done waiting, done playing the game. He is radio silent, so I wasn’t going to sit and wait, sit and wait, and sit and wait, and then all of the sudden something like this happens where he retires,” Cerrone said.
“I would have just been out. So I said I am not going to sit and wait for you Conor. I am going to take another fight. If you want to fight me in July, I will fight now and I’ll fight you again.”
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Conor McGregor and Instagram/Donald Cerrone