Donald Cerrone insists he will not be involved in a war of words ahead of his anticipated fight with Conor McGregor on UFC 246.
“The Cowboy” and “The Notorious” have been very shy in the build-up of the match so far, with both exchanging pleasantries on social media. Something which is definitely not in the style of McGregor who is notorious for trying to get inside his opponents’ heads before fights.
Cerrone: “I’m not going to talk badly about him”
The 36-year old fighter gave an interview to MMA Junkie, where he said:
“I’m not going to talk badly about him. I don’t really care. He does his life and whatever he wants to do he can. I’m just as wild and crazy as him but in a different way.”
“The media keep asking me, ‘What do you think of the trouble he gets in?’ The guy lives under a microscope. Anything he does people want to blow up and make a big deal about it. That’s his life. I would never even dig at something like that. Hell no.”
“Only goddamn thing I’m talking about is fighting only. Anything outside of it – that’s you. You do what you want to do. You want to meet me in the cage and fight – fighting that’s a whole different thing – but I’m not going to bring up anything from the past or anything he’s done outside the Octagon.”
Still, Cerrone acknowledges McGregor’s achievements inside the Octagon. He said:
“What the dude has done inside of the cage, and what he’s done for the sport is amazing. I’m honoured to fight a guy like him and it’s going to be one hell of a battle and I’m looking forward to it.”
McGregor’s last fight was back in 2018 on UFC 229, where he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov.