Conor McGregor is back. The “Notorious” one is scheduled to return to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone January 18th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Excitement levels should be through the roof, right? Not so fast. For one, this fight is being contested at 170 pounds while Cowboy has recently been fighting at 155 pounds. One would think that should not make much of a difference but that extra weight can only help Conor’s power. My second concern is Cowboy’s durability. There is no doubt in my mind that if Cowboy could somehow get this fight to the ground, he could have Conor tapping quicker than a phone call to his lawyers outside of an Irish pub. However, the likelihood is that the bout will remain standing and if there is one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that Conor still possesses otherworldly power which leads to my concern of Cowboy’s durability.
That was the finishing blow dealt to him by Justin Gaethje in September. That was a pretty clear shot, but the Cowboy of 10 years ago would have been able to take that shot and keep pushing forward. Prior to that fight, he lost when his face swelled up so poorly that he could not see in order to continue the fight.
Now listen, I love Donald Cerrone as a fighter but Conor McGregor has and will always be the PPV king for Dana White and the UFC, and if you think this fight was made with the intent for Conor to lose, you are sadly mistaken. This fight is tailor-made for Conor to get a walk-off knockout and move on to bigger and better fights. Perhaps a date with the BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal, is on the horizon if he wins. Whatever it is, it is just good that more eyes will be on this sport come January and that is something we can all be thankful for on this eventful Thanksgiving.