Dana White confirms McGregor vs Cerrone fight

Dana White says Conor McGregor wants to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘as quickly as possible’ if he beats Donald Cerrone

Conor McGregor makes his return on January 19 (AEST) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “The Notorious squares off against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight. The non-tile bout headlines the UFC 246 fight card.


Dana White has confirmed the McGregor vs. Cerrone fight on the Jim Rome Show today. UFC President also revealed what the former two-division champion, McGregor, wants to do in the near future.

“It’s official,” Dana White said. “Those guys are going to fight at 170 here in Vegas.”

“What Conor wants to do is – he want’s to get this fight under his belt, and if he beats ‘Cowboy’, he wants to turn around as quickly as possible and fight Khabib [Nurmagomedov].”

Conor McGregor (21-4) is a former UFC champion in two weight divisions, featherweight and lightweight. The 31-year-old Irishman last fought in October 2018. The bout ended in the fourth round in favor of the reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who claimed the win submission.

McGregor’s most recent win inside the Octagon was back in November 2016, when he stopped Eddie Alvarez in the second round. In August 2017 he was TKO’d by Floyd Mayweather Jr in the tenth round of their boxing bout.

“I think he is in phenomenal shape. He is at the point of his career right now, where a win is a must. He is taking it very serious,” White said when asked ‘how do you think Conor shows up for this fight [against Cerrone]’.

“We actually talked yesterday. He in a great shape. He is ready to roll and very excited about this fight.”

Donald Cerrone (36-13, 1 NC) is coming off the first-round stoppage defeat against Justin Gaethje. Before that he suffered the defeat via second-round TKO (doctor stoppage) against Tony Ferguson (25-3).

Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) is scheduled to make the third defense of his lightweight belt against Ferguson on April 19 (AEST) in Brooklyn, New York.


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