Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone has been a good deal of items for the duration of his fight profession, but he’s never ever been regarded an afterthought in advance of environment foot in the cage.
Ever due to the fact his return from Conor McGregor was introduced for UFC 246 in January, the fifty-struggle veteran has listened to how he’s serving as a speed bump as the Irish superstar seeks to get a gain beneath his belt right before trying to get even bigger problems in opposition to names like Khabib Nurmagomedov or Jorge Masvidal.
Head you, none of this has appear from McGregor instantly, but it is not possible to ignore than the crux of the focus becoming paid to this battle has been on the former two-division winner and his upcoming plans soon after he receives via Cerrone in January.
Cerrone even read a rumor that he was obtaining a massive payday from the UFC to fundamentally bow down to McGregor to assistance set back again on his pedestal ahead of larger marquee fights in 2020.
“Hell no, I’m not bowing down,” Cerrone advised MMA Fighting. “There’s a bunch of sh*t going close to, people today continue to keep telling me ‘I heard you’re getting paid to take a dive.’ There would not be sufficient dollars in the earth for a person to pay out me to take a dive. I could in no way look myself in the mirror if any person paid out me to take a dive. Sh*t, by no means come about.
“I’d fairly combat for no cost than get funds to f*cking lose. Which is not me. I’m going to fight my ass off like I do each individual time.”
Outside the house of those people accusations, the main issues built from the impending showdown in January have generally surrounded Cerrone dropping his past two fights in a row in opposition to Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Lots of considered that it ought to have been Gaethje, not “Cowboy,” who received the golden ticket to face McGregor in his to start with fight again in far more than 15 months.
Cerrone counters by pointing at the resume he’s built throughout his complete profession to know why he’s dealing with McGregor subsequent.
He retains a gaudy list of documents which includes the most wins and most finishes in UFC history not to point out 3 wins in a row versus Al Iaquinta, Alexander Hernandez and Mike Perry that precipitated individuals setbacks towards the major rated challenger at light-weight currently and a previous Environment Sequence of Combating Champion using a 3-struggle earn streak of his own.
“I’m nevertheless No. four or 5 or regardless of what the hell I am. It is not like I’m having conquer up by bums, somewhere down there receiving tumbleweeded in the rankings pool,” Cerrone reported. “I never know exactly where I’m sitting down but I’m even now at the major of the list.”
If something, Cerrone feels like the spotlight in this struggle will ultimately shine brightest on McGregor, who has a large amount to show following seeing his title in the headlines for all the completely wrong good reasons over the previous couple of a long time.
McGregor hasn’t gained a fight in the UFC considering the fact that 2016 and his previous two performances have resulted in a TKO reduction to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing spectacle and then falling in a lopsided outing versus Nurmagomedov final Oct.
That claimed, Cerrone expects practically nothing but the very best out of McGregor when they clash in January simply because he has so a great deal to verify soon after he was knocked down off his throne as the king of battle sporting activities.
“I anticipate the ideal Conor you guys have ever seen. I really do,” Cerrrone mentioned. “He has so many doubters and thoughts that he requires to solution. I think he’s education excess challenging, he’s coming and I consider he’s likely to be the best Conor you have ever observed.”