Donald Cerrone spoke during UFC 238’s fight-week and claimed that he would take a shot at the UFC title instead of a fight with Conor McGregor.
Cerrone has had a shot at UFC gold in the past, but, of course, it was one that he was completely dominated in, as the former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos dispatched of him in a measly 66 seconds.
Now, Cowboy, against all odds finds himself in a career-best spot – on the verge of a title shot and also linked to the biggest star in the sport, Conor McGregor.
Speaking to the media (via MMAJunkie), Cerrone explained that the so-called ‘red panty night’ that comes with a fight against the Irishman would pale in comparison to the prestige of fighting for the lightweight title at this point in his career.
When asked if he would be willing to take a fight with Conor upon beating Tony Ferguson instead of competing for the belt, Cowboy made it clear that the buzz surrounding him and McGregor had passed.
“No. Conor’s had his shot. Sit your ass down now. [I’ll] take the belt.”
With that being said, the task that lies before him is one that cannot be overlooked.
Ferguson is one of the most in-form fighters in the UFC, boasting one of the longest and most impressive win-streaks in the history of the sport.
A relentless offensive nightmare, he, in many ways, could be seen as the worst matchup possible for Cowboy.
With that being said, his defense is certainly lacking in areas and Cerrone seems to think he can be the man to put him away.
“I think Tony’s style puts him in danger a lot, so we’ll see if he can take the punishment. His standup [is dangerous]. You can’t see his strikes coming, his punches. Him moving backwards he’s not very good, though.”
If you want to know how we see it playing out, you can read our prediction here.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena