Conor McGregor’s Manager Confirms Donald Cerrone Talks Still a ‘Work in Progress’

By Nathan Zur Nov 20, 2019
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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship dual-division champion Conor McGregor sent social media into overdrive last month when he announced that he would be making his long-awaited return to the Octagon on Jan. 18. “The Notorious” revealed the news while touring Russia to promote his Proper 12 whiskey brand and said at the time that an opponent has not been announced, with both Donald Cerrone and Justin Gaethje the two most likely fighters set to face the Irishman.

UFC President Dana White claimed earlier this month that negotiations were underway for McGregor to face Cerrone, although nothing has been made official.

McGregor’s manager Audie Attar recently talked with the South China Morning Post and said talks are still progressing between all parties and they hope to have an announcement in the coming weeks.

“I would say that talks have been progressing,” Attar said about a potential McGregor and Cerrone bout. “We’ve met them; we’re in close communication with them. I would hope that an announcement could happen in the coming weeks, but at the end of the day, it’s still a work in progress.”

Attar said he was always confident McGregor would return after suffering his loss at UFC 229 in October 2018 against the lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“I always knew he wasn’t going to end on that note,” he said.

The payout given to McGregor for his high-profile boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in 2017 meant the Irishman would never have to fight again, although Attar said his client chose to come back because he just loves to compete:

“He never has to fight one fight more in his life,” Attar added. “At the end of the day, that’s the thing people forgot about him; he actually is a competitor. He dares to do things differently.

“I don’t see him slowing down,” he said. “I think that fighting once a year for the last couple of years, it’s almost like it’s grown his appetite to stay active. In any sport, the more reps you take, the better you get. He’s no stranger to becoming a world champion multiple times over. He knows what it takes.” Advertisement


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