Dana White Believes ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is Being Disrespected Ahead of UFC 246

UFC president Dana White believes one of his UFC 246 headliners is being disrespected and he is not happy. While speaking about the first pay-per-view event of the year, White was asked about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Cerrone, a fan-favorite and veteran of mixed martial arts, was called on to welcome former two-division champion Conor McGregor back to the Octagon.

And while it is understandable that McGregor is receiving a bulk of the attention for his highly-anticipated return, the UFC boss can’t believe that Cerrone is being disrespected and counted out.

“We’re getting through this one first, we’re getting through the Cowboy fight,” White said during a sitdown with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “And the level of disrespect shown to Cowboy through this whole thing? Apparently people forgot that Cowboy’s lost two in a row before and come back and gone on unbelievable runs. Let’s not count Cowboy out.”

The disrespect towards Cowboy was evident during a recent 25-second spot on ESPN that exclusively showed Conor McGregor and teased his debut on ESPN+. Throughout the ad, there was never any mention of Cerrone or a single highlight. We’ll have to see whether that leads to Cowboy entering the cage with a chip on his shoulder.

According to BetMGM.com, McGregor has opened as nearly a 3-to-1 favorite. The moneyline currently has the former two-division champion as a -278 favorite for the welterweight bout while Cowboy sits at +200. That means a $100 wager on Cerrone would net you $200 in wins, while you would have to bet $278 on McGregor to win $100.

McGregor last appeared inside of the Octagon in October 2018 when he suffered a submission loss to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Prior to his loss to Nurmagomedov, McGregor was on a two-fight winning streak with a welterweight bout victory over Nate Diaz and a Performance of the Night against Eddie Alvarez to claim the 155-pound title on November 12, 2016. However, McGregor was later stripped of the title due to inactivity — he was previously stripped of the featherweight belt after winning the lightweight crown.

Cerrone, meanwhile, will be looking to bounce back after a two-fight losing streak. “Cowboy” went 2-2 in 2019 with wins over Al Iaquinta and Alexander Hernandez, while suffering losses to top lightweight contenders Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje. Three of Cerrone’s last four fights earned him $50,000 bonuses for Fight of the Night.

The UFC 246 main card will officially kickoff at 10:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18 exclusively on pay-per-view.

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