Cowboys are laconic, Irishmen, not so much.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is the best talker in the UFC, something that does not appear to have entirely endeared him to lightweight Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. By contrast, lightweight Nate Diaz is a man of few words, but through some awesome alchemy came out on top in the verbal sparring with McGregor.
Everyone remembers “touch butt in the park” and “I’m not surprised, motherf***ers.” What everyone remember of McGregor’s pre-fight hype after UFC 196 and 202 is him throwing energy drink cans, hitting a child, while screaming “I’ll kill youse.”
Thus it is no shock that Cerrone was pulling for Diaz on Saturday night. Cowboy himself fought on the main card of UFC 202, knocking out Rick Story with one of the best combinations in league history.
“I don’t know what Nate was doing when he goes out there and boxes,” said Cerrone, after the fight, as transcribed by Nick Baldwin for BE. “I think the kicking kind of took him off his game. I’m not really sure.”
“I was back there hooting and hollering for Nate. Like, ‘Come on, man, get it! F***ing God.’ So I was upset. A couple times I had it 1-1, then 2-1. But I was really pulling for Nate on that fight, looking forward to it.”
“Now I gotta listen to this f***ing dude talk again, forever. So I’m not looking forward to that. The king is back … f***.”
There will be a trilogy fight between Diaz and McGregor, but UFC president Dana White says the Irishman first has to decide if he wants to keep his featherweight belt. If he does, then a rematch with interim champion Jose Aldo is next. If he doesn’t, McGregor and Diaz agreed to a fight at lightweight, after their first two were at welterweight. Lightweight would appear to be the next division for McGregor to attempt a title shot in.
Cerrone recently moved up from lightweight to welterweight for a couple of fights, but he would drop down in a New York minute for a fight with McGregor.
The trash talk would be fun.