It’s with a heavy heart that we must confirm this news. Donald Cerrone will not be fighting Conor McGregor. Not anytime soon at least.
That’s because Cowboy’s next fight will come against the 10-1 streaking lightweight prospect Alexander Hernandez at the first UFC on ESPN + event on January 19th in Brooklyn.
Mike Bohn of MMAJunkie is reporting that the fight will be the feature bout of the prelims which will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Cerrone is coming off the back of an impressive submission victory over Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139 in November, a win that put him in the record books for the most wins and finishes in the promotion’s history.
The 35-year old outlined after the bout that he would be moving back down to lightweight following the record-breaking win and mentioned that the UFC had an opponent in mind for him. He then posted a picture of himself and Conor McGregor as rumours began speculating as to whether or not the Notorious One was next for Cerrone.
Dana White soon shot down that idea however and now it appears as though Cowboy’s quest for the lightweight title will begin against Hernandez.
The 26-year old is 2-0 in his UFC career so far and after a lightning quick KO of Beneil Dariush in his debut in March, Hernandez defeated “The Canadian Gangster” Olivier Aubin-Mercier via a unanimous decision in July.
This bout represents another excellent contest that will take place on the UFC on ESPN + card which will be headlined by TJ Dillashaw’s flyweight title shot against champion Henry Cejudo.
The full card is as follows:
Champ Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for flyweight title
Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant
Geoff Neal vs. Belal Muhammad
Ion Cutelaba vs. Glover Teixeira
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy
Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez