There was no ‘red panty night’ for ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone following his UFC 246 clash with Conor McGregor

Cowboy Cerrone vs. Conor McGregorScoring a fight with Conor McGregor doesn’t always guarantee you a “red panty night.” Responsible for eight of the…

Cowboy Cerrone vs. Conor McGregor

Scoring a fight with Conor McGregor doesn’t always guarantee you a “red panty night.”

Responsible for eight of the 10 highest-grossing UFC pay-per-views of all time, there is no denying that the Irish megastar brings in more money than any other fighter on the roster. Oftentimes, McGregor’s opponents reap the financial benefits of his drawing power. The former two-division champ suggested as much when he coined the infamous “red panty” phrase at a press event in 2015.

“I can make you rich, I change your bum life,” McGregor said. “You fight me, it’s a celebration. When you sign to fight me, it’s a celebration. You ring back home and ring your wife and say, ‘Baby! We done it! We’re rich baby! Conor McGregor made us rich. Break out the red panties, we’re rich baby.’… It’s red panty night when you sign to fight me

‘Cowboy’ was paid What he ‘always got paid’ for fighting Conor McGregor

Unfortunately, that’s not true for everyone. During an appearance on legendary bull rider Dale Brisby’s podcast, UFC Hall of Famer Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone revealed that he made the same money he always did for his January 2020 clash with McGregor at UFC 246.

“Everyone thinks I got super paid on that. I did not. You’re contracted, you have a contract. It’s what it is.

“I would always sign, which is unheard of, eight-fight deals… I’m locked into that. It’s not like three fights in I can be like, ‘Time to renegotiate… because I’m fighting Conor!’ No, you still have four more fights on your contract… Everyone’s like, ‘Red panty night, you got paid!’ No I didn’t. I got paid what I always got paid.”

‘Cowboy’ made it clear that he was still paid handsomely for his services, but it was a far cry from the multi-million dollar paydays that often accompany a headliner with the biggest name in MMA history.

Conor McGregor only needed 40 seconds to finish Cerrone via knockout in their first and only meeting, climbing back into the win column for the first time since 2016. It remains his only victory following a lightweight title victory over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

Conor McGregor tops UFC’s new anti doping programme with another test sample provided ahead of return

Conor McGregor tops UFC's list on new anti-doping programe submits third drug test this yearDespite remaining in its infancy since it’s introduction two months ago, the new anti-doping programe enlisted by the UFC…

Conor McGregor tops UFC's list on new anti-doping programe submits third drug test this year

Despite remaining in its infancy since it’s introduction two months ago, the new anti-doping programe enlisted by the UFC has so far seen it’s charts topped by former two-division champion, Conor McGregor – who submitted his third test sample since the beginning of the year recently.

McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion under the promotion’s banner, has been linked with a return to the Octagon throughout the last number of months, amid his continued absence from competition since 2021.

Conor McGregor submits 3rd drug test sample this year

And in the midst of a two-fight losing skid for the first time in his professional career, McGregor, 35, has been sidelined since he fractured his left tibia and fibula in a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in the pair’s trilogy rubber match at UFC 264.

However, linked with a potential middleweight fight against former lightweight title chaser, Michael Chandler in his comeback later this year, Conor McGregor has seen three separate anti-doping tests administered for him as part of the new anti-doping policy programe in place with the UFC, since the departure of prior entity, USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency).

Ran in conjunction with Drug Free Sport International and SMRTL (Sports Medicine Research & Testing Laboratory) – based in Utah, the new anti-doping programe has so far tested ex-two-weight champion, McGregor three times, amid continued speculation regarding the possibility of a return for the Dubliner later this year. 

Subject of a massive promo pointed his way earlier this week, McGregor was called out by the aforenoted, Chandler at a WWE RAW event on Monday – with the professional wrestling organization joining UFC under the joint banner of the TKO Group Holdings Inc.

Without a victory since 2020, McGregor’s most recent win came in the form of a blistering 40-second high-kick and strikes TKO win over Hall of Fame inductee, Donald Cerrone in a welterweight main event clash between the two.

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Michael Chandler refuses to give up hope on his clash with Conor McGregor: ‘The fight is happening’

Michael ChandlerMichael Chandler refuses to give up hope on his long-awaited clash with Conor McGregor. It’s been a year since…

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler refuses to give up hope on his long-awaited clash with Conor McGregor.

It’s been a year since fight fans first learned that the Irish megastar’s return to the Octagon would come against Chandler. Unfortunately, there has been little movement since then, even after the two completed their time competing against one another on the 31st season of The Ultimate Fighter.

But despite all the delays and doubts cast by UFC CEO Dana White, Chandler remains adamant that his fight with McGregor will happen.

“Nobody’s had to feel like they’ve waited longer than me,” Chandler told Ariel Helwani on Wednesday’s episode of The MMA Hour. “I’ve been ready to fight since right after The Ultimate Fighter, but I also understand that the time off has been good. The time with my family has been good. Business has been booming outside of me fighting in a cage for a paycheck. Conor’s got his stuff going on. He’s promoting Road House that’s coming out in March.

Obviously, there was the USADA stuff and the new drug testing stuff. There’s all these different layers, plus what Dana [White] has said. Money complicates things. There’s a lot of money involved in this fight. There’s a lot of money in Conor’s camp with what he has built. Whether you love him or hate him, you’ve gotta respect what the man has built. It has complicated things, but either way, the Chandler train is continuing. We’re not getting off this train. This is the fight that is happening. I can’t tell you the date. I can’t tell you the weight, but I can tell you the fight is happening.

“I have way too many assurances that this fight is happening to think otherwise.”

The last time Michael Chandler stepped inside the cage was at UFC 281. ‘Iron’ came up short, suffering a third-round rear-naked choke submission to lightweight staple Dustin Poirier. Since his promotional debut in January 2021, Chandler has gone 2-3.

As for Conor McGregor, the Irishman’s last appearance also came against Poirier at UFC 264. ‘Mystic Mac’ lost the bout via TKO after breaking his leg in the waning moments of the opening round. McGregor has lost four of his last five fights, including a boxing match against legendary pugilist Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather.

Islam Makhachev’s coach backs UFC star Conor McGregor to make return: ‘I’d like to see lose again’

Conor McGregor backed to make UFC return by Javier Mendez I'd like to see him lose againJavier Mendez, the head coach of undisputed lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, has claimed he would like to see ex-two-weight…

Conor McGregor backed to make UFC return by Javier Mendez I'd like to see him lose again

Javier Mendez, the head coach of undisputed lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, has claimed he would like to see ex-two-weight titleholder, Conor McGregor fight again in the future – for the sole chance of seeing the Dubliner lose another fight.

Mendez, the head coach of Makhachev and former head coach of an undisputed lightweight champion, Hall of Fame inductee, Khabib Nurmagomedov – coached the latter en route to a fourth round win over McGregor back in 2018, with his student wrapping up a high-profile neck crank submission win over Conor McGregor in his return to the Octagon.

Conor McGregor backed to make UFC comeback

And long-linked with a comeback fight against former lightweight title challenger, Michael Chandler – whom he was the subject of a call out from at a WWE event earlier this week, McGregor has been backed to make good on an eventual comeback by Mendez, who hopes to watch the Crumlin striker suffer another career loss.

“I think (Conor) McGregor-(Michael) Chandler happens because Conor’s too much of a fighter not to fight again,” Mendez said during an interview with Casino Alpha. “I’d love to see him fight, but I’d love to see him lose, too. I’d like to see him because I’d like to see him lose because I don’t think he’s a good person. He brought pain to a lot of people and hit my nerves when he said, ‘Father evil, COVID good.’”

“He (Conor McGregor) was referencing Khabib (Nurmagomedov’s) father,” Mendez explained. “All the tragedy felt throughout the world, I don’t care who you are, you can’t say that sort of thing.”

Sidelined since 2021, McGregor has yet to return from his fractured tibia and fibula suffered against Dustin Poirier in their rubber match trilogy, and has been so-far ruled from a summer return by promotional boss, Dana White

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Video – Michael Chandler unleashes promo on Conor McGregor at WWE event: ‘We have unfinished business, boy’

Michael Chandler issues promo to Conor McGregor at WWE event we have unfinished businessFormer lightweight championship challenger, Michael Chandler has unleashed another scathing promo on former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor – this…

Michael Chandler issues promo to Conor McGregor at WWE event we have unfinished business

Former lightweight championship challenger, Michael Chandler has unleashed another scathing promo on former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor – this time from the barricade alongside the WWE universe, urging the UFC star to finally make good on his return to the Octagon.

Chandler, the current number five ranked lightweight contender, has himself been sidelined from the Octagon since he featured on the main card of UFC 281 back in 2022, slumping to an eventual third round rear-naked choke submission loss to common-foe, Dustin Poirier in the pair’s high-stakes clash.

As for McGregor, the summer will mark three years since the Dubliner’s most recent outing, having fractured his left tibia and fibula in a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to the aforenoted, Poirier in the pair’s trilogy rubber match.

And expected to fight Kill Cliff FC staple, Chandler in his long-anticipated return to the Octagon, McGregor – who called for a June return during International Fight Week at UFC 302, has been denied as hasty a return as he wishes, with UFC CEO, Dana White claiming things are far from concrete on his comeback.

Michael Chandler calls for Conor McGregor at WWE event

Continually chasing a fight with the ex-two-weight champion, Chandler attended a professional wrestling event with the WWE – now-under the TKO Group banner alongside the UFC banner, before issuing a massive promo, calling for a fight with McGregor to much fanfare.

“Hey, what’s up, Anaheim?” Michael Chandler said. “You are now in the presence of the most entertaining UFC fighter on the planet. Now, there’s a man from Ireland that’s been making me wait for way too long.”

“And I still got one dude on my mind,” Michael Chandler. “Conor McGregor, get your candy-ass back to the Octagon, we got some unfinished business, boy. God bless. I’ll see you at the top.” 

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Video: UFC’s Michael Chandler Calls Out Conor McGregor on WWE Raw

Michael Chandler is ready to fight Conor McGregor. The UFC fighter took the microphone during Monday’s WWE Raw and called out McGregor by saying they have…

Michael Chandler is ready to fight Conor McGregor. The UFC fighter took the microphone during Monday’s WWE Raw and called out McGregor by saying they have…