Donald Cerrone’s comments about Conor McGregor in a recent Sports Illustrated interview will surprise precisely no one.
Cerrone’s assertions that McGregor’s antics at the UFC 205 press conference in New York were “all an act, a big show” and that the Irishman behaves like “a scared little kid” backstage at such events, are perfectly in-keeping with everything else that ‘Cowboy’ has said about the featherweight champ over the last year or so.
For his part, McGregor has rarely been kind when speaking about Cerrone and at the aforementioned New York presser, he referred to the Colorado native as “a bitter, old fighter”.
However, interactions between the pair haven’t always been so hostile. In fact, McGregor and Cerrone were downright chummy at one time.
Don’t believe us? Check out the clip below, which was included in episode 4 of the UFC’s Embedded series ahead of UFC Fight Night 59 in chilly Boston. At that event, McGregor stopped Dennis Siver in two rounds, effectively securing himself a shot at Jose Aldo’s featherweight title, while Donald Cerrone stepped in on short-notice to decision old foe Benson Henderson.
This isn’t the only time that the belligerents exchanged pleasantries in front of the camera either. In this clip from RTE television’s documentary series ‘The Notorious’, they share a hearty laugh as Conor slips on a pristine white suit at uncomfortably close quarters with Donald’s sweaty torso just before the UFC 178 post-fight press conference.
I’m welling up here.