Earlier this week, Conor McGregor shook up the MMA world by posting on Twitter that he was going to retire. Largely, this has been seen by people in the space as an attempt to negotiate.
One such individual who doesn’t buy the retirement, is Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The two went back and forth as of late, with a bout between them being rumored. Although this was shot down by UFC President Dana White, the potential bout was one to get fan’s mouths watering.
Cerrone went on ESPN to discuss whether or not he buys McGregor’s intent to retire.
“i didn’t believe it. i don’t think it’s happening, i really don’t. i think it’s just a ploy to stay relevant. i don’t think he’s going anywhere.”
“Cowboy” went on to say the ups and downs of trying to negotiate a fight with McGregor. There were talks of the bout happening in April, then July. However, it seems that the hold up was McGregor’s disdain at the UFC’s desire to make the bout a co-main event.
Donald Cerrone continued to talk about accepting a fight with Al Iaquinta, as a route to the title. He isn’t putting the bout with McGregor out of his head though, saying he would fight Iaquinta in May, then “fight you again [in July].”
Cerrone also spoke on rumors he had heard about McGregor looking for a WWE appearance.
“I read something this morning saying he might be going to WWE. he might have to get out his ufc contract to do that. retiring is one way out, but i doubt it. he’s not going anywhere.”
Donald Cerrone is echoing sentiments that a large portion of the MMA community believes. This “retirement” may be officially lasting longer than McGregor’s previous one. However, time will tell if this news is real.