Donald Cerrone seems to have his mind set on running back his UFC 238 showdown with Tony Ferguson after being forced out of the contest due to a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the second round.
Cerrone’s matchup with Ferguson certainly lived up to the hype in terms of the action on display on the night but despite Tony’s increasing dominance of the fight, the finish certainly left something of an empty feeling in the stomachs of those tuning in.
With one full round left to fight, who knows how things could have panned out but in the time since, Cerrone has been campaigning to have a second crack at the former interim-lightweight champion.
Speaking to MMA Junkie Radio in a recent interview, Cowboy explained how his focus is on getting himself a rematch with Tony Ferguson – ideally before September arrives.
“Tony Ferguson rematch, I’m begging for it. August, hopefully no later than September.
“I can’t fight any later than September, because now I’m running into not being able to get two more at the end of the year.”
On the subject of Conor McGregor, a man who Cerrone has been linked to in some way, shape, or form for quite a while now, he went on to explain his frustration with the Irishman after the possibility of a clash between them had been offered on several occasions before fizzling out.
Of course, like everything that concerns the former two-weight world champion, the complications that come with signing him to fight these days are often ones that exist between him and the UFC and while all signs do seem to point to a return to the octagon later this year, it’s hard to know how much Cerrone will factor into those plans.
“The funny thing is, when Diaz fought McGregor. I just fought, and I was flying on that Sunday, and they called me and were like, ‘Hey, do you want the McGregor fight?’ So he turned me down back then, turned me down three or four other times now. It’s crazy to me.
“His last fight, we were supposed to do it, and it just deteriorated. I don’t know, he just won’t sign his end of the deal.”
In many ways, it would have been the perfect fight for Conor had it happened earlier this year – given the position of both men within the lightweight division but now, if Cerrone does, in fact, fight El Cucuy again – win or lose, who knows how that will affect a matchup with McGregor.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena