«It’s definitely going to be this year, this summer I think,» Cerrone said at the UFC 234 Fan Q&A in Melbourne.
«Irish, Australian, American, root for whoever you want. I’m going in there to fight because I love it man. This is a fight everyone is going to love, I’m very excited to be involved with it.
«How am I going to beat him? I’m going to go out there and give them hell like I always do. I just want to be the guy, when I fight, you pull over and watch the fight.
«I’m not going to try to wrestle him, I’m going to stand and fight him and give ya’ll what you want to see.»
McGregor has fought just once in the UFC since becoming the promotion’s first simultaneous two-division champion with a stoppage victory over Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.
His status as featherweight and lightweight king came to an end due to inactivity in the octagon, but it kickstarted a trend of champions hunting down another belt.
Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier added the heavyweight strap to his resume before Amanda Nunes added the featherweight title to her bantamweight belt.
Men’s bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw was seemingly next in line when he moved down to flyweight to challenge Henry Cejudo — but the 125-pounder scored a 32-second stoppage and potentially saved the division.
Now Cejudo has set his sights on moving to 135 pounds to challenge Dillashaw.
«With the whole ‘champ-champ’ thing, people are saying it’s starting to get old,» Cejudo said at the Fan Q&A.
«I beat the man, he was a lot heavier than when he fought Cody [Garbrandt]. For me, I want a shot at legacy. I’ve said it before, I’m not changing my tunes, I want a shot at his belt and I know I can beat him, I really do.
«It’s a legacy purpose, it’s going to put me in a category where not too many people could say that.»
Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times