Conor McGregor shocked the mixed martial arts world with his decision to fight Donald Cerrone at 170 pounds.
Earlier today, it was announced that the Irishman will be fighting his fellow fan-favourite on his much-awaited Octagon return at UFC 246.
The Notorious vs. Cowboy!
— ESPN (@espn) November 28, 2019
McGregor and Cerrone will headline the promotion’s first pay-per-view event next year, which is set to take place at the T-mobile Arena in Las Vegas on January 18.
Looking to score his first MMA win in three years, ‘The Notorious’ will try to bounce back from his fourth round submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The announcement came as a surprise to some MMA fans as they are anticipating McGregor to compete at 155 pounds in a bid to secure another shot at the Russian champion.
Some of his rabid followers, though, are excited for his journey at welterweight as his presence could create more exciting matchups against the likes of Kamaru Usman, Colby Covington, Nate Diaz, Tyron Woodley, and Jorge Masvidal.
Check out some of the craziest reactions from the Twitter-verse on McGregor’s upcoming welterweight fight against Cerrone:
Conor McGregor at Welterweight just makes the 170 class so much fucking better, as if it wasn’t stacked before. @danawhite this is the year to really plant the UFC into everybody’s hearts, so much potential!!
— Joe (@upsidedownjoey) November 29, 2019
so what you’re telling me is that Conor McGregor, Jorge Masvidal, Usman, Nate Diaz & Tyron Woodley are all in the welterweight division, 2020 is gonna be a madness
— Warley Wwarbz #Sub2TomGW (@MarleySwarbz) November 28, 2019
McGregor vs Cowboy at welterweight makes this a very interesting bout. It sets up interesting match-ups. McGregor vs Diaz, or McGregor vs Masvidal next. Also says fuck you to Khabib and his division. The whole thing is a very @TheNotoriousMMA thing to do 🔥 🔥 🔥 #ufc #ufc246
— Bilal Elreda (@bilalelreda) November 28, 2019
Conor McGregor vs Donald Cerrone on Jan. 18 in Las Vegas. I'm suprised the fight is at welterweight. I expect Conor to put the pressure on early as always, but man that is dangerous against a guy like Cerrone. Super interesting match up and a fight that makes sense for both.
— Jakob Elbøl (@JakobElboel) November 28, 2019
I am really shocked, why is @TheNotoriousMMA going to fight @Cowboycerrone at WELTERWEIGHT, i find that really interesting hope to hear more about that from Conor in the coming weeks because that's weird I think Conor looks better at 155🧐
Anyways this is going to be a good fight
— Royal Bacon🍔🥓🏝 (@DarwiNQNTMQMQMB) November 28, 2019
@TheNotoriousMMA about to fight @Cowboycerrone at welterweight if he wins I dare him to challenge @GamebredFighter I know for sure he don’t want those problems time will tell and we the fans are watching and waiting 👀🙏
— Fox Moneybag$ (@FoxMoneybags) November 28, 2019
— Rnjn (@IAMRnjn) November 29, 2019
I love the criticism of Conor. He’s a champ at featherweight, lw , and now fighting a legitimate guy at welterweight and people are calling him soft for taking an easy fight. He’s not a welterweight imo. Nothing is easy for him at that weight. Props for going 4 it. #ConorMcGregor
— Mike (@FloridaMan3005) November 29, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/ Conor McGregor)