Cowboy Cerrone’s efforts to goad Conor McGregor into a fight have finally paid off.
After Cerrone beat Alexander Hernandez at UFC Brooklyn on Saturday night, he called out McGregor once again. Only this time McGregor responded.
For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 20, 2019
Cerrone is a UFC veteran who has fought for the promotion since 2011. Durable, active and fearless, he is always ready for a challenge and has fought multiple times per year, helping him set UFC records for wins and finishes. The only issue is he lost three fights in a row 2017, somewhat dampening his luster.
Is he as much of a sell as some other big names? Maybe not, but as long as McGregor’s involved, a UFC card will always sell big numbers, and you know Cerrone would make the fight interesting.
Dana White is a huge Conor McGregor fan, that much is for sure. McGregor is the most popular fighter in the UFC and a huge draw for the company. He’s helped grow their fan base, and he generates more pay-per-view buys when he fights than anyone else in the promotion. But if there is one thing about McGregor that White wishes he could change, it would be the fighter’s lateness.
White was a guest on Barstool Sports’ KFC Radio and talked about McGregor.
“Is Conor hard to deal with here and there? Yeah, but he’s worth it,” White told KFC Radio. “If people ask me what’s the biggest problem you have with Conor? It’s not showing up on time.
“Other than that, Conor’s incredible. Conor’s a fun guy to be around, he’s hilarious, he’s a great fighter, he’s fun to watch. If the guy showed up on time, he’d literally be perfect. He’d be perfect.”
McGregor is notorious for being late. He was late to the press conference ahead of his huge fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which wasn’t the first time that happened.
“We’re a global sport so when we do these press conferences, we’re on television networks all over the world that are taking this press conference. So they’re live and they’re ready to go and if Conor doesn’t show up for another 30 minutes, it’s a problem,” White continued.
“We’ve got to fill the time and not only fill the time but keep people interested and get them willing to stick around which is tough to do these days.”
If that’s the worst problem White has with McGregor, that’s not bad at all. The guy has headlined four of the six best-selling UFC pay-per-view fights. And you notice how White didn’t even mention the bus attack? That’s more proof of how little White cared about the damage from that attack.
Is Conor McGregor trying to get himself involved in a WWE storyline? That could be the case.
Becky Lynch, the SmackDown Women’s Champion, tweeted an article on Thursday that said she channeled her inner McGregor to become the WWE’s biggest star. McGregor retweeted the article, and then responded to some trash talk from Lynch by offering her some backup. They both agreed they would share some of McGregor’s Proper whiskey too.
Call me when you need Proper back up.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 22, 2018
This isn’t insignificant. Lynch is Irish, like McGregor, and they could be setting up for an eventual mixed tag team match. Perhaps Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar would get involved.
Conor McGregor was at AT&T Stadium on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and several of the home team’s players seemed very excited to have him as a guest.
The Cowboys had one of their better games of the season, so there was a lot to be pleased about. After Ezekiel Elliott scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put Dallas on top 37-7, he celebrated by doing McGregor’s infamous strut:
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) October 14, 2018
Zeke wasn’t the only Cowboys player to pay tribute to McGregor. Dak Prescott and safety Jeff Health were also seen doing the McGregor walk after Elliott’s touchdown run.
Dak & Heath were doing the McGregor walk pic.twitter.com/1LlU9mT647
— New Account (@ftbeard_17) October 14, 2018
McGregor’s recent loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov and all the embarrassing antics that followed it obviously didn’t bother the Cowboys.
Conor McGregor may be one heck of a fighter, but his throwing ability leaves a lot to be desired.
The MMA fighter was at AT&T Stadium on Sunday for the Dallas Cowboys-Jacksonville Jaguars game, promoting his new whiskey. He met with the Cowboys before the game and hyped them up with a speech. He even took his turn throwing the football. It did not go well:
What the Fook is this??? pic.twitter.com/RAo8k76UZ3
— CJ Fogler (@cjzer0) October 14, 2018
Twitter was not kind with the reactions:
Conor McGregor has definitely never thrown a football before pic.twitter.com/jvZNAzjORK
— SB Nation (@SBNation) October 14, 2018
John Wall — Have you seen me throw a baseball?! I may be the only athlete that can’t throw a ball from another sport properly
Conor McGregor — Hold my Guinnesspic.twitter.com/mlUbPMLCUk
—(@TommySledge) October 14, 2018
Lmao Conor McGregor throw a football like a loaf of bread pic.twitter.com/xgdw919HUW
— Aron Yohannes ???????? (@AronYohannes) October 14, 2018
Good thing Conor McGregor can throw a punch…cause he sure can't throw a football!
— Joel H (@DalCowFan23) October 14, 2018
There were some who cracked good jokes though about McGregor being better than other QBs:
Conor McGregor attempting to throw a football. I hear John Elway likes what he sees and is trying to set up a meeting on Tuesday…… pic.twitter.com/YveRiAnlXd
— Andrew K (@COSportsNut) October 14, 2018
Conor McGregor > Blake Bortles pic.twitter.com/yUAunQmdTT
— Atlanta Falcons 2018 Tank Mode Activated (@TheDawgzilla) October 14, 2018
Hands up if you think Conor McGregor would be a better QB than Nathan Peterman. pic.twitter.com/AtUs2Yo5YB
— OddsShark (@OddsShark) October 14, 2018
McGregor definitely found his sport with MMA.
- Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will be temporarily suspended over their actions following their fight at UFC 229 in Las Vegas last weekend, and a report says they are expected to receive some sort of discipline.
McGregor and Nurmagomedov will be temporarily suspended beginning on Oct. 15 pending a hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission, which will take place on Oct. 24.
Nurmagomedov’s $2 million purse for the fight has been withheld pending the commission’s investigation, while McGregor has been paid his $3 million purse.
ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports that Khabib is likely to be sanctioned for starting the postfight brawl by jumping out of the cage following his win and going after members of McGregor’s team. Helwani further reports that McGregor is also expected to be disciplined for jumping on the cage and appearing to punch someone.
UFC president Dana White previously said that three members of Nurmagomedov’s team had been arrested for their roles in the chaotic postfight brawl.
Khabib Nurmagomedov got the best of Conor McGregor when he won by submission in the 4th round Saturday night, but he landed some big shots on the Irishman as well. We know this because McGregor has the shiner to prove it.
On Monday, McGregor shared a photo of himself on Twitter that shows he has a black eye. He said he lost the battle against Khabib but “the war goes on.”
We lost the match but won the battle.
The war goes on. pic.twitter.com/CRtPaGfOnn
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 8, 2018
Of course, it’s hard to tell if McGregor got the black eye during his fight against Khabib or after. After Nurmagomedov choked out McGregor, he fired his mouthpiece at McGregor’s team and climbed out of the cage to attack them. Some members of Khabib’s team then climbed into the Octagon and landed a few shots on McGregor.
McGregor said over the weekend that he is “looking forward to the rematch” with Khabib, but there will be a lot of issues for Dana White to sort through before that can happen.