‘He’s asked for it’ – UFC star desperate to replace Dos Anjos and face Conor McGregor at UFC 196
Conor McGregor could face Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 196 if Cerrone’s management get their wish, according to reports today.
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.
MMAFighting.com'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.
Déjà vu all over again for @TheNotoriousMMA. This would be the fourth time in 8 UFC fights that he’s had to adjust to a change in opponent.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016
Spoke to Cerrone’s mgmt team this morning. They are interested in taking the fight. He’s on the shortlist, for sure.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) February 23, 2016
Confirmed RDA is off 196. Cerrone's manager says he's asked for it. He weighs 174. Would "get down as much as he could." That's one option.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) February 23, 2016
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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