Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a former light heavyweight title contender, was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, and Conor McGregor has heaped admiration on the former UFC opponent.
The Irishman defeated the legendary American in under a minute following a build-up noted for its lack of physical altercations when they faced off in January 2020 in what was supposed to be the beginning of his octagon comeback. As McGregor met his longtime foe, he refrained from using his customary trash talk, but he delivered the heat as he quickly stopped the fight.
Conor McGregor gushed over his former rival in a video package that included celebrities like Michael Bisping, Joe Rogan, and Daniel Cormier. Cerrone was present to see the honour made to him in front of an occupied arena when the film was presented at yesterday night’s UFC event in San Antonio.
‘He’s wild in all aspects of his life’ – McGregor on UFC rival
“He’s stepped up many a time,” UFC star McGregor said during a pre-taped interview. “He’s taken short notice; he’s never pulled out. He’s gone through the divisions also up and down.” His comments were followed by a piece showing Joe Rogan describe him as a “bonafide wild man” who is “wild in all aspects of his life.”
“Words can’t even express,” he said. “I was talking with Megan [Olivi] earlier about how throughout my career, everyone said ‘future UFC Hall of Fame-er,’ and it’s just words that get rattled off; it’s not a real thing until it’s a real thing. It’s crazy; I’m blown away and honoured. To be honest, I don’t really have words to express.
“I almost brought one of my boys with me, and my wife was like ‘, no, we don’t need to go; it’s okay, you just go to work; it’ll be fine’. Then I was texting her today, and the texts were green, and I was like, ‘why is your phone green? Where the f*** are you?’ She didn’t respond.
“I thought she was just letting me come out here and do what I want to do, then they did it, and I had no clue my family was even here. That was another surprise. Wow, this is cool. Now it’s sinking in to be in the UFC Hall of Fame; it’s cool. What an honour, you look across any major league sport and the Hall of Fame-ers; that’s an important thing.”