Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, 36, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States is likely to be the next opponent of Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, 31, of Dublin, Ireland in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. UFC president Dana White confirmed that the match is on the works and the deal is not done yet.
“I hate to even talk about this stuff and say it because it might not happen, it might happen,” White told TMZ Sports. “But we’re looking at Cowboy.”
On October 24, 2019, McGregor announced his upcoming UFC return during a press conference in Moscow, Russia. He said his next UFC bout will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on January 18, 2020.
“As far as the opponent, I have the opponent’s name but for me and the game that I’m in, and from experience, if I was to give you people the name, which I would love to do, I know the UFC would flip it because they are a crafty company,” McGregor said. “For me, here’s this one. Ask the UFC who the opponent is because I do not give a f–k who the opponent is.”
McGregor is coming out of a loss. On October 6, 2018, he loss via submission via neck crank when he challenged reigning UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov, 30, of Dagestan, Russia in the main event of “UFC 229” at the T-Mobile Arena.
This downgraded McGregor’s professional mixed martial arts record to 21 wins and 4 losses. On the other hand, Cerrone currently has 36 wins and 12 losses.
Like McGregor, Cerrone is coming out of a loss. On June 8, 2019, the American fighter lost via technical knockout via doctor stoppage to Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson, 35, of Orange County, California, USA at “UFC 238” at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
“Conor’s really serious about making a comeback,” Cerrone told TMZ Sports. “I think Conor’s side and our team have reached out. We’re trying to figure it out, man. It’s looking good though.”