It doesn’t look like Conor McGregor’s getting a night off, after all! Rafael dos Anjos was set to defend his UFC Lightweight title at UFC 196, but pulled out due to a foot injury. Now, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is throwing his ten-gallon hat into the right, saying he’ll gladly fight Conor!
The hearts of fight fans everywhere are as broken as Rafael dos Anjos’s foot, as the 31-year-old UFC Lightweight champ had to cancel his fight with the hottest MMA fighter of the day, Conor McGregor, 27. But if Conor still wants to battle, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, 32, will gladly throw down with the man from Ireland.
Donald’s manager has reached out to the UFC to say that “Cowboy” is interested in taking Raf’s spot at UFC 196 on March 5, according to Fox Sports. With time running out, the UFC is scrambling to find a replacement since Raf had withdraw from the match due to breaking his foot during a training session, per TMZ. Fans were eagerly anticipating Conor vs. Rafael, but they might have to settle on the Cowboy fighting the Celtic Tiger.
Despite Donald’s offer, the fight might not happen, as he would have to lose a lot of weight to get down to the lightweight limit. He made Alex Oliveira, 28, tap out with a triangle choke at UFC Fight Night 83 on Feb. 21, per MMA Junkie. So while Conor would have to adjust his game plan to face a different opponent, Donald would have to go on a crash diet right after having a fight. He seems ready, as he posted a Feb. 23 Instagram video of him on a treadmill, possibly cutting some weight. Feel like listening to some tunes while getting swole at your gym? Sign up for unlimited and ad-free streaming music right here.
Now, Conor could sign off on a “catchweight” fight to take on Donald, despite the weight difference. Considering how he took out Jose Aldo in just 13 second at UFC 193, Conor might just feel confident enough to take such a risk.
Pool time! Anyone, anywhere. I'll be ready. Just waiting on this call pic.twitter.com/0xwjnenI2Z
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) February 23, 2016
While the Conor McGregor fight is still up in the air, UFC 196’s other main event is still on lock. Holly Holm, 34, is still set to defend the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title against Miesha Tate, 29, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. While fight fans wanted to see a rematch between and Holly and Ronda Rousey, 29, a source EXCLUSIVELY told HollywoodLife.com that the former champ “isn’t ready mentally for that fight” just yet.
Are you excited for a potential fight between Conor and Donald, HollywoodLifers?