UFC Vancouver: Donald Cerrone Says He’s Done “Chasing” Conor McGregor, Pushes For Tony Ferguson Title Shot
Donald Cerrone drove for a fight with Conor McGregor in the past, but it doesn't sound like "Cowboy" will be calling out the star if he wins at UFC Vancouver.
Recently there’s been talk about the winner of today’s Donald Cerrone – Justin Gaethje fight facing Conor McGregor next. But, based off comments Cerrone recently made, it will be surprising if he we hear him call out the star at UFC Vancouver.
Cerrone – McGregor
Earlier this year, Cerrone repeatedly called for a fight with McGregor, and the latter also expressed an interest in the match-up. But, the fight never materialized, and earlier this summer, Cerrone claimed McGregor passed on fighting him several times.
Since Gaethje is currently ranked #5 in the UFC’s 155 division, and because Cerrone is #4, there’s been buzz about the winner of tonight’s contest possibly facing McGregor next. After all, the champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has said McGregor doesn’t deserve a rematch, and Dana White’s said Tony Ferguson is first in line for a title shot.
But, while talking to the media this week, Cerrone reported he’s done pursuing a fight with McGregor (quote via MMA Junkie):
“Chasing that, it’s not even worth it to me anymore,” Cerrone said. “(Expletive) or get off the pot, bro. But yeah, there’s no one else.”
You can’t really fault Cerrone for feeling this way. McGregor has expressed an interest in fighting several different opponents, but as it stands right now, there’s no real indication of when he’ll return to the Octagon.
Cerrone calls for Ferguson to get a title shot
Prior to UFC 242, and Khabib’s win over Dustin Poirier, both fighters acknowledged that Ferguson should fight for the belt next. When Cerrone was asked about this he had no disagreements:
“Hell yeah, man! Give the dude his dues,” Cerrone said.
“That would be tough for Tony to swallow,” he said. “No, (Ferguson) deserves it. For sure.”
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Yup. When you’ve won 12 straight fights, secured the interim title, and defeated fighters like Cerrone, Kevin Lee, Rafael dos Anjos, Edson Barboza and Anthony Pettis during that time, it’s pretty hard to argue with that sentiment.
Here is the line-up for UFC Vancouver (via MMA Mania).
UFC Fight Night 158 Main Card on ESPN+ (8 p.m. ET)
155 lbs.: Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje
205 lbs.: Nikita Krylov vs. Glover Teixeira
265 lbs.: Todd Duffee vs. Jeff Hughes
170 lbs.: Michel Pereira vs. Tristan Connelly
185 lbs.: Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Uriah Hall
205 lbs.: Misha Cirkunov vs. Jim Crute
UFC Fight Night 158 ‘Prelims’ Card on ESPN+ (5 p.m. ET)
265 lbs.: Augusto Sakai vs. Marcin Tybura
135 lbs.: Miles Johns vs. Cole Smith
135 lbs.: Hunter Azure vs. Brad Katona
145 lbs.: Jordan Griffin vs. Chas Skelly
135 lbs.: Ryan MacDonald vs. Louis Smolka
155 lbs.: Austin Hubbard vs. Kyle Prepolec
*Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to change.