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Sport 'I want rounds in the bank': Conor McGregor says he will NOT hunt down an early KO against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone in Las Vegas

14:15  17 january  2020
14:15  17 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  'Don't flirt with me. You want it or you don't': Jorge Masvidal sends ultimatum to Conor McGregor over potential showdown as American reveals he will be at Irishman's UFC 246 fight with Donald Cerrone Jorge Masvidal has thrown down the gauntlet to Conor McGregor once again and revealed he will be at the Irishman's UFC 246 showdown with Donald Cerrone later this month. Speculation that American fighter Masvidal was on a collision course with McGregor grew after his win over Nate Diaz at UFC 244 back in November.But having initially appeared keen to fight the 35-year-old, McGregor appeared to backtrack last week when he said he was unwilling to change weights to make the fight.

Conor McGregor wants rounds in the bank against Donald Cerrone but insisted he will put ' Cowboy ' away at UFC 246. The Irishman cruised into UFC headquarters in a Rolls-Royce truck but spoke with a calm and considered tone that has been a feature of his appearances throughout the

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Conor McGregor speaks during a media event for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Donald © ASSOCIATED PRESS Conor McGregor speaks during a media event for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a welterweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) Conor McGregor wants rounds in the bank against Donald Cerrone but insisted he will put 'Cowboy' away at UFC 246.

The Irishman cruised into UFC headquarters in a Rolls-Royce truck but spoke with a calm and considered tone that has been a feature of his appearances throughout the week.

'It's going to be good to do battle with the Cowboy. The Notorious vs the Cowboy, I've been looking through the artwork and stuff the fans have been doing, very exciting, he said.

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' I want rounds in the bank ': Conor McGregor says he will NOT hunt down an early KO against Donald ' Cowboy ' Cerrone in Vegas . Boss Jurgen Klopp said he eased the tensions by speaking to them separately. The German said the issue between the stars looked worse from the outside.

a man wearing a hat: Conor McGregor has insisted he won't go for an early KO when he takes on Donald Cerrone © Provided by Daily Mail Conor McGregor has insisted he won't go for an early KO when he takes on Donald Cerrone

'I just want activity, I'm going to go in, not be in a rush, I want to acquire rounds. I'm going to put pressure on Donald and I'm going to hurt him but if he can last I'll be happy and then I can build on these rounds. You're going to see a lot of me so happy days for you all.

'Make no mistake, I'm coming with all my intent and all my skills to put Donald away.'

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Conor McGregor reacts after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months for a brawl inside and outside the octagon after his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229. McGregor was fined $50,000 and suspended for six months.  The suspensions for both fighters are retroactive to Oct. 6. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Conor McGregor reacts after losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov was fined $500,000 and suspended for nine months for a brawl inside and outside the octagon after his fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 229. McGregor was fined $50,000 and suspended for six months. The suspensions for both fighters are retroactive to Oct. 6. (AP Photo/John Locher, File) Despite his pledge to dispatch Cerrone, the Irishman was pleased to help provide his opponent with the best payday of his career.

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  Ronan O'Flaherty: 'He's still UFC's biggest draw but if McGregor loses, the obituary writers will be out in force' It's a familiar scene. Conor McGregor brushes off the best his opponent has to offer before steadying himself, taking a deep breath and flashing his gum shield in the direction of a disbelieving foe. On this particular occasion, Chad Mendes would be the unfortunate recipient of that thunderous left hook. We have chosen the final moments of this fight because it was recently posted online by BT Sport, to one of their social media channels, with the express intention of drumming up interest in UFC 246, which takes place in the small hours of tomorrow morning at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Conor McGregor was respectful and reserved at a drama-free pre-fight press conference ahead of UFC 246, but that didn't stop the Irishman from predicting a KO victory against Donald " Cowboy " Cerrone in Las Vegas on Saturday night. McGregor and Cerrone happily shared the dais together

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'Let's be real, it's the McGregor multi-million dollar fight club right. Donald is next up, this will be a multi-million dollar payday for Donald.

'Talk about the records and the amount of times this man has made that walk and he's never hit the seven figure mark and he's about to his the multi-seven figure mark. I'm very happy with that and very proud of that. So you best believe all their eyes are lighting up when the 'Notorious' is mentioned,' he went on.

Conor McGregor, left, and Donald © ASSOCIATED PRESS Conor McGregor, left, and Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone pose for photographers during a news conference for a UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a welterweight bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)

As for what's next, McGregor reasserted his desire to stay busy but has earmarked a massive rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia later this year.

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  McGregor makes devastating UFC return with stunning first-round TKO Irish star Conor McGregor wasted little time against Donald Cerrone on Saturday.McGregor – fighting for the first time in 15 months – was relentless in the octagon, dropping Cerrone inside the opening round in Las Vegas Saturday.

Fans may expect Conor McGregor to walk through Donald ' Cowboy ' Cerrone but those in the sport Conor McGregor faces Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas on Saturday The Irish superstar is searching for his first UFC victory in over three years the clear betting favourite with odds of 1/3 ahead of the welterweight showdown in Las Vegas .

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'Regardless of the result between Ferguson and Khabib I think I should probably face both of these men, I'd like to face both. Of course we must make the rematch with Khabib, I'm pushing for the Moscow bout, I'd love to do that.

'I know everyone asks who next, what's next, for me it's just me next. I'm next. I want to be fresh, ready, prepared and looking to compete.'

Conor McGregor speaks during a media event for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Donald © ASSOCIATED PRESS Conor McGregor speaks during a media event for the UFC 246 mixed martial arts bout, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in a welterweight bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) When asked about how he's dealt with the bizarre world of global fame and celebrity, McGregor added a dose of perspective perhaps missing from him in the past.

'I think one day I'll just log off and back out of it all because it is a wild game and sometimes it's tough but I'm very grateful for the support and position I'm in.

Fame can feel like a witch hunt at times but I'm cool with it, it's my family and things like that when it gets heavy at times. But I understand it's a necessary evil.

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' I want rounds in the bank ': Conor McGregor says he will NOT hunt down an early KO against Donald ' Cowboy ' Cerrone in Vegas . Arsenal feel punishment is unfair as there was not excessive force in the tackle. Andy Robertson was not sent off by VAR for a lunge on Spurs' Japhet Tanganga.

' I want rounds in the bank ': Conor McGregor says he will NOT hunt down an early KO against Donald ' Cowboy ' Cerrone in Vegas . The Togo centre-back is highly rated and is impressing at the back in LaLiga. He is valued at £22m and was named in the 17-18 and 18-19 teams of the year.

'And I understand people have real problems. I rolled up in a Rolls-Royce truck, my son is playing in the pool of our Vegas home. People have real problems and I'm very, very blessed.'

So with McGregor counting his blessings and Cerrone counting his money contentment seems to be the order of the day.

On Saturday however, all the back-slapping and courteous respect will go out the window and both men will be going all out to separate one another from consciousness.

  Conor McGregor wearing a hat: McGregor added he will 'be coming with all his intent and skills' to get the better of Cerrone © Provided by Daily Mail McGregor added he will 'be coming with all his intent and skills' to get the better of Cerrone

BT Sport Box Office will show Conor McGregor's return to the Octagon, exclusively live on Saturday January 18, as he takes on Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone

UFC 246 will cost just £19.95 and can be watched on BT TV, Virgin, Sky, online via the web or the BT Sport Box Office App.

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