Liddell: McGregor-Cerrone is a main event fight, ‘no matter what’
For UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck Liddell, the potential Conor McGregor-Donald Cerrone fight does deserve a main event slot.
One of the more talked about marquee fights as of late is a potential matchup between Donald Cerrone and Conor McGregor. Nothing has been finalized, however, and according to “Cowboy” it is because the UFC is looking to book the fight as a co-headliner, adding McGregor is not willing to accept unless it is a main event fight.
UFC Hall-of-Famer Chuck Liddell does agree that the fight should be no less than an event headliner.
“It’s a main event fight for sure, no matter what,” Liddell told TMZ Sports (transcript by MMA Mania). “Come on, Conor McGregor and Cowboy? F—k.
“Those are two of my favorite fighters. I love watching those guys fight. Whether you like those guys are not, personality wise, those guys are studs. They fight, they fight tough, they fight brave.”
Liddell says he understands McGregor from a business and monetary standpoint, and remains confident that the fight will eventually happen.
“I think he’ll fight him, he’s a fighter, they should fight,” Liddell said of McGregor. “It’s a great fight, they’re both good strikers, it’s gonna be a lot of fun. I’m excited for that fight; I hope it happens.
“I think McGregor’s pulling back to make sure he gets paid right. I think he’s playing it soft cuz he’s ‘I’m not backsliding on this fight, you gonna pay me enough to do this.’ I hope they pay him well for that fight. They should.”
Cerrone last saw action in January, where he returned to 155 pounds to face Alexander Hernandez. He won via second round TKO, and bagged an extra $100,000, both for Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors.
McGregor, meanwhile, has not fought since UFC 229 last October, where he lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov via fourth-round submission.