It was a fight no one knew they wanted until Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone raised the possibility of fighting Conor McGregor towards the end of 2018.
Cerrone wanted the bout, but McGregor kept quiet. Then, Cerrone put in an impressive showing against rising lightweight Alexander Hernandez in Brooklyn on Saturday night, and the Irishman is seemingly all-in.
🎶 Allow me to reintroduce myself 🎶
Lightweight division, @CowboyCerrone is BACK!! #UFCBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/w8ogcFcdd3
— UFC (@ufc) January 20, 2019
Cerrone knocked out Hernandez in the second round with a head kick and some follow-up strikes on the ground, forcing the referee stoppage, after initially getting hurt and surviving the opening round.
As the UFC Brooklyn preliminary card headliner, whose fight was broadcast on ESPN, Cerrone took his chance to call out McGregor for a fight once again.
“I want top five now. I’ll take Conor if he agrees to it,” Cerrone said in his post-fight interview. “I’m coming for the belt. I’m on a roll. Here I come.”
Luckily for Cerrone, McGregor had watched his fight and quickly took to social media to respond, saying: “For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you. Congratulations.”
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
With Cerrone seeking to finally win some UFC gold of his own, McGregor would be the perfect opponent to fight and propel himself up into title contendership.
Meanwhile, McGregor will be hoping to get back into the Octagon as soon as possible following his dominant fourth-round defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October.