Donald Cerrone (r) is never slow to agree to a fight (Picture: Getty Images)Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Al Iaquinta have agreed to meet inside the octagon in May, leaving Conor McGregor with two fewer possible dance partners.
A fight between Cerrone and McGregor had been widely touted, with both men publicly stating their desire to meet in the cage.
Till sidelined with one punch: 5 things we learned from UFC LondonHowever, talk of the contest cooled in recent weeks and it seems that ‘Cowboy’ is not going to wait for the Irishman, as is his style.
ESPN report that Cerrone and Iaquinta have verbally agreed to a lightweight fight on 4 May at UFC Fight Night: Ottawa, with official confirmation from the UFC imminent.
Al Iaquinta is coming off a win over Kevin Lee in December (Picture: Getty Images)‘I just think it’s a great fight,’ Iaquinta told ESPN. ‘I’ve been watching Cowboy since his WEC days.
‘I like these fights, fighting guys I came up watching and always wondering how I would do against them, thinking I could beat them. I have a lot of respect for Cowboy.
‘There are a lot of big fights coming up in this division. Anybody could get a big win and see their stock skyrocket.’
Conor McGregor had been linked with a Cerrone fight (Picture: Getty Images)McGregor has revealed that he is in negotiations for a fight in July, with featherweight champion Max Holloway calling for a rematch against the Irishman that month.
Holloway is stepping up to lightweight to face Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight title on 13 April, and wants a quick turnaround to face McGregor in July.
Conor beat Max by unanimous decision in August 2013, although Holloway was only 21 at the time and has gone on to win 13 straight fights in the UFC.
The ‘Notorious’ has also spoken of a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, which he believes is bound to happen at some point.
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