UFC president Dana White has denied reports that a deal has been agreed for Conor McGregor to fight Donald Cerrone.
Commentator and pundit Joe Rogan claimed the fight was set in stone as McGregor prepares another assault on the lightweight title.
But White has poured cold water over the suggestion despite both men agreeing to the fight on social media.
He told TMZ: "Not true. It’s not even close to being done."
McGregor was handed a six-month ban last month for his part in the riot that followed his defeat by Khabib Nurmagomedov in October.
The Irishman will be free to fight from April with Cerrone leading the shortlist to be his opponent.
And Rogan had said: "Conor-Cowboy is a done deal, as far as I know."
Cerrone returned to the UFC lightweight division last month with a second-round stoppage of Alex Hernandez.
And in his post-fight interview he said he wanted to face McGregor, saying: "It feels good to be back at 155lbs… I want top 5. I even want Conor if he’ll agree to it."
McGregor was quick to respond, taking to Twitter to say: "For a fight like that Donald, I’ll fight you. Congratulations."
The Dubliner wants a rematch with Nurmagomedov but the lightweight champion is more likely to defend his belt against Tony Ferguson.
The Russian is also banned but can also return in April.
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