Once again, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is back at it, weighing in as he usually does when a fellow division mate is taken out of a fight that he’s intrigued by.
Earlier today (Tuesday, April 19, 2016), Conor McGregor tweeted that he was going to opt for an early retirement and that he was grateful for his “cheese”. Then, shortly after, news broke that McGregor was being pulled from the illustrious UFC 200 card (and his welterweight rematch with newly acquired rival Nate Diaz) due to his refusal to participate in promotional activities for the blockbuster event coming up this July.
UFC President Dana White said that McGregor had been training in Iceland and did not want to disrupt his camp by flying back to Vegas for a press conference. Clearly, White did not agree with this decision and McGregor was shockingly and promptly removed from the main event bout.
Then, almost immediately, a familiar face came out of the blue to offer himself up in place of McGregor, one ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. It’s no surprise the wildman Muay Thai specialist wanted to share his two cents with the Twitterverse and White, as he’s been known to enjoy offering to step in on short notice when other fighters are removed from a fight.
He recently suggested to the UFC powers that be that he should square off with McGregor after RDA pulled out of their UFC 196 lightweight title fight earlier this year, and again to face Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC on FOX 19 last weekend (April 16th) when Tony Ferguson had to pull out of their UFC Tampa bout due to a lung complication.
For the record, his most impressive short notice fight was when he stepped in to take on Benson Henderson (and won) just 15 days after defeating Myles Jury in January of 2015. There have been many, many more instances, but let’s just reference those three.
‘Cowboy’s’ tweet to Dana about his desire to step in for McGregor to face Nate Diaz is below:
I’m pretty open July 9th. Have this thing June 18th in Canada. But after that I’m Game the Fuck ON!!!
— Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) April 20, 2016
It remains to be seen who will get the crack at Diaz at UFC 200, or if the main event will even stay intact after this, but as the old saying goes, “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”, and ol’ “Cowboy” is the squeakiest wheel of them all.