Thursday 27 October 2016

‘He’s asked for it’ – UFC star desperate to replace Dos Anjos and face Conor McGregor at UFC 196

Published 23/02/2016 | 15:35

Conor McGregor could face Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 196 if Cerrone’s management get their wish, according to reports today.

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Rafael dos Anjos has been forced to withdraw from next week's much-anticipated fight with the Dublin fighter and speculation is mounting that the 32-year-old American could step in to replace the Brazilian.

The UFC is also reportedly looking for a late replacement in order to keep McGregor on the card and Cerrone would happily step into the breach according to quotes attributed to his management team.'s Ariel Helwani has tweeted that Cerrone’s camp are ready and willing to fight on March 5th.

“Spoke to Cerrone’s mgmt team this morning. They are interested in taking the fight. He’s on the shortlist, for sure,” he posted on his Twitter account.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto also spoke to management who again insisted they want to take the fight on.

It is the sixth occasion in McGregor's last 12 fights that his opponent has pulled out.

Cerrone currently holds the record for most post-fight bonuses in UFC/WEC history with 16.

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