Donald Cerrone Can't Wait To Get His Hands On Conor McGregor In January
Conor McGregor will make his return to the octagon in January, over a year since his last fight, and his latest opponent clearly can't wait to get his hands on the Irishman.
The last time McGregor fought was in October 2018 when he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov after a heated feud between the pair had waged on for months heading into the fight.
Now the Notorious will return to face Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246, heading up to welterweight for just the third time in his career.
Neither man has spoken publicly yet but Cerrone is clearly very excited, reportedly telling his manager just one thing, 'Finally, I get my hands on him.'
Spoke to Donald Cerrone's manager Josh Jones earlier. He said he got one text from Cerrone today:- Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 28, 2019
"Finally, I get my hands on him."
It's very much in McGregor's nature to swap barbs with his opponent ahead of any fight and if it comes do a bit of verbal sparring it won't be the first time.
The pair were part of a press conference back in 2015, ahead of the Irishman's featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo and the American's lightweight title fight with Rafael dos Anjos later in the month.
With McGregor telling Dos Anjos that he'd definitely drop Cerrone for a chance to fight the Irishman for a 'red panty day' the American soon interjected.
During the verbal joust Cerrone claimed McGregor would struggle making it up to the 155lbs division, saying, "Conor has no right coming up to 155, there's no way. He's not gonna stand a chance, we're too big for him, too strong. So you can take your little English ass and get on."
The Irishman, who would become lightweight champion a year later by beating Eddie Alvarez, responded saying,"Too slow and too stiff. You're as stiff as a board, I'd snap you in half and that's it. I see stiffness when I look in that 155lbs division, slow, stiff. I feel like they're stuck in the mud. The featherweights they hit like flyweights so it's nice down there just killing them and that whole division but I keep my eye on that 155 division and I see them all stuck in the mud up there. So we'll see over time. But guess what, have I been wrong yet? No."
Now the pair will meet in the welterweight division, that McGregor has only previously jumped up to in his fights against Nate Diaz, and it's likely the 31-year-old is eyeing a third title at a third weight division.
As well as facing champion Kamaru Usman a future fight with Jorge Masvidal would surely appeal to the Irishman.