Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is one of the most authentic and badass UFC fighters out there, and he’s set to prove it again this weekend as he takes on Conor McGregor at UFC 246.
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Having won the majority of his UFC fights with submissions on the ground, many expected Cerrone’s gameplan to involve taking Conor to the mat and tapping him out as opposed to standing up and trading fists with one of the best strikers in the game.
Well it turns out trading kicks and punches is exactly what Cerrone wants to do:
Talking about this matchup with other fighters, coaches … virtually all of them said they’d like to see Cowboy (@Cowboycerrone) take Conor (@TheNotoriousMMA) to the ground, at least a little. I got the opportunity to ask him … will he? Full interview on @espnmma YouTube. pic.twitter.com/e2kLrxpSg2
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 14, 2020
What an attitude that is. Even Conor McGregor has to respect it, which is probably why he chose Cerrone for his comeback fight in the first place. Both men love to test themselves against the best in their industry and it looks like they’ll be standing up and slugging it out, which is no doubt what every UFC fan wants to hear.
Of course this could just be a bluff as obviously Cerrone would be stupid to give away his game plan. Ground game is the only advantage he has in this fight so it does seem a little crazy that he would want to punch it out instead (which he acknowledges). Not to mention his last 2 fights have resulted in KO losses – by Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje respectively.
So who knows, this could just be a front. I guess we’ll have to wait and see this Saturday. Can’t wait.
P.S. Guess who else will be in attendance this weekend? That Best Buy security guard who got fired because she whooped a would-be shoplifter’s butt. Respect to Dana White for hooking her up with a new job.