Conor McGregor will fight UFC legend Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in his next fight, according to expert Brendan Schaub.
The Notorious, who is currently suspended, is set for a hearing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after the ugly brawl that marred the aftermath of his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Schaub claims that president Dana White and the powers that be have already decided who they want the Irishman to face next.
The former UFC fighter said on his Below the Belt podcast that McGregor only has to sign the contract to make the deal happen.
Schaub said: “[Someone who] could not get closer to the situation told me that the Donald Cerrone-Conor McGregor fight was offered, that’s the plan and they’re waiting for Conor to sign the contract.
“It’s up to Conor if he wants that as his next fight.
“I know from a legit source close to the situation that that is the fight they want to do.
“It’s up to Conor McGregor if he decides to sign the contract or not. But that fight, from what I’m told, has been offered.”
Earlier this month, Cerrone had teased fans on social media when he posted a mock up of him alongside McGregor with the caption: “Just waiting on him! I know a guy.”
Dana White denied the rumours in the days after Cerrone’s post.
He said: “That’s not true, absolutely not true. Obviously that’s the fight that Cowboy Cerrone wants but that’s not true.
“We haven’t even thought about an opponent for either one of those guys yet – meaning Khabib or Conor.
“We’re not even thinking about it, it’s not even worth talking about because we don’t know how long the suspensions going to be, what fines it’s going to be, we don’t know the penalties yet.”
But Schaub believes White will definitely have thought about his who his two biggest fighters will face next.
The 35-year-old added: “When [Dana White] says they haven’t thought of an opponent for either Khabib or Conor, that’s not true either.
“For Khabib it’s Tony Ferguson, for Conor it’s Donald Cerrone.”