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Speaking to MMA Junkie in Melbourne, Australia, ahead of UFC 234 this weekend, UFC Boss White said a summer showdown with US veteran Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone would be his immediate priority for the Irishman.

“I’d like to see Conor fight this summer, if those two [McGregor and Cerrone] want to fight each other, they’ve both earned it,” said the UFC boss.

“Cowboy’s fought anybody we’ve ever put against him… we throw this young killer [Alexander] Hernandez at him, Cowboy’s the underdog, he goes in and does it the way he did it, and then Conor’s fought everybody.

“If these two want to fight, I’m down,” White added.

Donald Cerrone last competed at UFC Brooklyn where he defeated Alexander Hernandez, picking up the second-round TKO. As for Conor McGregor, his most recent contest was a lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 229 in what was widely considered the biggest fight in MMA history.

Donald Cerrone has already expressed an interest in fighting Conor McGregor multiple times and has stated that if there is any potential opponent who would have him slow down his legendary work rate and patiently sit on the sidelines, it would be Conor McGregor, the undisputed biggest draw in the sport of mixed martial arts.

Aside from a “red panty night” for Donald Cerrone, a fight with Conor McGregor would provide Cerrone an opportunity to earn the second title shot in his legendary career. And although Cerrone is not ranked within the top five, McGregor is likely one win away from a rematch against Nurmagomedov, making this pending summer showdown a likely title eliminator.

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