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Cerrone open to fights with Diaz, McGregor, but gunning for 'boring-ass' Nurmagomedov

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Donald Cerrone talks about fighting Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor but says he's most interested in a lightweight fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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It looks like Donald Cerrone is eyeing a return to the lightweight division. 'Cowboy', who will take on welterweight veteran Patrick Cote at UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson on Saturday, is looking to end Khabib Nurmagomedov's 21-fight win streak.

Cerrone vs. Nurmagomedov is a fight that had been booked on several occasions but ultimately scrapped due to 'The Eagle's' flurry of injuries. And, although Cerrone has history with Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, the Jackson-Wink product says Nurmagomedov is his No. 1 target.

"I really want to fight Khabib," Cerrone told MMAjunkie in a recent interview. "It's something that's been in the works a long time. He gets hurt, the fight never happens. Four times the fight has been scheduled. It's a fight I want. I ain't scared of him. Everyone talks like he's the man. He ain't (expletive). Come get it Khabib. 155, 170, I don't care - 185, whatever you want. I'll fight you on Ramadan. He can't eat, that's his problem or whatever? He takes a month off? I'll fight you at whatever weight you want."

However, if the UFC offered him a choice between 'The Notorious' and Diaz, Cerrone would want to avenge his loss to Stockton's own despite McGregor being the bigger money option.

"I'd rather fighter Diaz over Conor," Cerrone said. "Everyone talks about that as the money fight, but people don't understand. They're like, ‘If you get that fight, that's the money fight.' No, I'm under contract. I get paid the same whether I fight Patrick Cote or I fight Conor. He might make more money because he got pay-per-view. I didn't do a good job promoting myself and making myself big and get pay-per-view money. I get the same $80,000 to fight anybody."

Switching back to Nurmagomedov, who returned to the Octagon after a two-year layoff to beat Darell Horcher at UFC on FOX 19, Cerrone says the Dagestani fighter is boring and lacks killer instinct.

"I'm a finisher, he's not - he's a grinder," Cerrone said. "A one-dimensional, boring-ass fighter. So that's one of the reasons UFC hasn't put it on.

"He goes out there every time, (UFC President) Dana (White) and them are like, ‘He's just going to try and lay on you.' He's just going to take me down, but I feel real confident in my wrestling. (Expletive) him, how 'bout that? (Expletive) you, Khabib. That can be your headline, ‘(Expletive) you Khabib.'"

Cerrone vs. Cote, which will feature as the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 89, takes place at TD Place Arena in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on June 18.