There is certainly no love lost between Conor McGregor and Cowboy Cerrone…
When Conor McGregor announced his intention to fight for the lightweight title after defeating Jose Aldo at UFC 194, all eyes shifted to the then approaching title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.
Both fighters were in electrifying form heading into the titanic clash and, many felt that a victory for Cerrone would have made the most marketable fight for the UFC, given the previous verbal exchanges between the Cowboy and the Notorious.
However, as it happened, Rafael dos Anjos brushed the challenger aside as if he was a schoolboy who had unknowingly wandered into the octagon.
Speaking to SevereMMA this week, Conor McGregor gave a fascinating interview in which he opened up on a number of subjects. However, one of the most interesting parts of the exchange came when Conor was asked how he felt about the Dos Anjos vs Cerrone fight.
McGregor explicitly stated that he did not care which one of them had come out on top as his only interest lay in taking the title. However, such is the Notorious’ nature, he wasn’t going to leave the question hanging without taking some serious shots at Cowboy Cerrone for his disappointing performance.
“Cerrone pussied out of that one big time. I mean that’s why he can fight again this week,” said McGregor referring to Cerrone’s welterweight debut against Alex Oliveira at Fight Night Pittsburgh this weekend. “Ask Aldo can he fight again this weekend, he cannot.”
“When you win by KO, by stoppage, by a true stoppage, you put your opponent out of action for ten months to a year. He [Cerrone] quit in there, inside that octagon. That’s why he can go now next week and he can say ‘oh, I fight every week’ and this and that but, you can fight every week if you go in and quit.”
If you are willing to die in there, then you wouldn’t be able to have them turnarounds.”
You can checkout McGregor’s full explosive interview about a welterweight move, UFC 196, his relationship with UFC top brass and his thoughts on Cerrone here.