UFC veteran Donald Cerrone sees no problem in fighting former lightweight champion Conor McGregor in his home soil in Ireland.
The 35-year old mixed martial artist made a successful return in the 155-lb division on Saturday after bringing his younger opponent, Alex Hernandez, to school with a second-round stoppage in the preliminaries of the UFC on ESPN+1 held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Now, “Cowboy” wanted “The Notorious” as his next opponent in a bid to get a crack at a UFC gold.
Donald Cerrone becomes the first man to finish Alexander Hernandez.
It's his 22nd career UFC win and 16th finish in the octagon. Both are the most in UFC history. pic.twitter.com/c2s2aFcXOa
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After ten outings in the welterweight division, Donald Cerrone made a return trip to 155 on Saturday and took on rising star Alex Hernandez in a lightweight bout of the UFC’s first offering under the ESPN banner.
The UFC veteran had the last laugh as he punched his way to a second-round technical knockout victory after landing a head kick and a flurry of punches to Hernandez, who called him an “insecure little lad” and “a jester in the way” during the pre-fight presser.
Cerrone registered his 22nd win and his 16th finish, the most in the promotion’s history, in his UFC career while also earning the “Fight of the Night” and “Performance of the Night” honours in his return to the lightweight division.
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Shortly after his emphatic victory over Hernandez, Cerrone called out Conor McGregor as he eyes a top 5 opponent for his next outing. It did not take long for the Irish star to accept the challenge.
“The old man has still got it. This is the fight that the UFC wanted. I wanted [a] top- 5 [opponent]. I want Conor [McGregor] if he’ll agree to it. I’m coming for a belt. Cowboy is back,” said Cowboy in the post-fight interview.
“For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you. Congratulations,” McGregor posted on Twitter.
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Asked about the potential venue of their clash, Cerrone stressed that he will fight Conor anywhere, whether it is in Las Vegas or even in his home country, Ireland.
“That’d be cool. I hope the fight goes through. I can’t get my hopes up. He dictates everything, man. I can say yes. Well, I can’t say I’ll fight anybody anymore because now I told my team I’ll take it easy. I want a top-five guy. Conor’s (No.) 2. That equals top-five to me. He’s the master of talking (expletive). I’m sure he’ll try and get under my skin. It will be fun.”
“March, April, May – the sun’s out. I can bring my boat and RV to Vegas. I’m sure it will be in Vegas or Ireland. (Expletive) yeah. Let’s go.”
Watch the full interview in the video below:
In November, “Cowboy” hinted on an exciting bout in the lightweight division after he destroyed Mike Perry at UFC Denver. Reports, then, claimed that he could be next in line for McGregor, following a dramatic loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
”There is someone, they already came up and told me. There’s your clickbait. They told me the who for once in my life first. 155. It’s very exciting. Guy’s very exciting. You’ll like it. You’ll all like it.”
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone)